President of the Senate, Dr. Ahmad Lawan, has described the personal assault suffered by former Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, on Saturday in Nuremberg, Germany as “shameful.” He wants those behind the attack punished.
In statement Sunday, Spokesman to the PotS, Ola Awoniyi said Senator Ekweremadu was scheduled to deliver a keynote speech at the Second Igbo Annual Cultural Festival and Convention organised by Ndi-Igbo Germany in Nuremberg when persons suspected to be members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), invaded the venue to attack “an illustrious son of Ndigbo who in his political career has consistently identified with and defended the cause of his people.
“It is incredibly absurd for anybody to blame the distinguished Senator for the violent criminal activities in his home base, the purported reason cited by the mob for the bewildering attack.
“Senator Ekweremadu, like all his distinguished colleagues in the Ninth Assembly of the Senate, is concerned about the insecurity and other challenges in that area and other parts of Nigeria. Senator Ekweremadu has also been at the forefront of the patriotic efforts to find lasting solutions to the challenges.
“The barbaric attack on Senator Ekweremadu at a forum to which he was invited to contribute to charting a course for the progress and happiness of Ndigbo debase our values as civilised people. It is most reprehensible and should be condemned by all right-thinking Nigerians,” Lawan said.
Lawan urged German authorities to identify those involved in the despicable act so that the law can take its course against them.
He called on Nigerians to reflect deeply and broadly before embarking on a course of action and advises the youth to ventilate whatever grievances they have along lines “prescribed by the law and recommended by reason and democratic ethos.”
The Senate President also urged “Senator Ekweremadu not to be deterred by the incident from his path of service to his people and Nigerians in general, but to take it as part of the sacrifice of leadership.”