The former Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu says the attack on him by some IPOB members in Germany was premeditated as his attackers came with eggs and other things.
The former Senator in an interview with Channels Television at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, upon his return to Nigeria on Monday, said he attended the venue upon an invitation.
“I left Nigeria on Friday to attend the program. So, on Saturday afternoon I was informed that the place is full and that the Mayor of the City was seated already. I didn’t want to keep anybody waiting so I had to rush down to the venue.
“When I got there, I saw a lot of Igbo people and I was excited, I came out of the car and wanted to say hello and exchange pleasantries with them.
“I saw a lot of people wearing IPOB emblems and shirts standing at the entrance of the venue. So, one of them accosted me and said we didn’t do much when the Operation Python dance took place in the South East.
“So, I told him to let me exchange greetings with the people, then I can come back to explain to him later. So he held my hand, I now removed my hand and started greeting other people.
“At that point, the organisers noticed what was happening, they attempted to resis them and a fight ensued.”
Ekweremadu said he has however forgiven his attackers although he noticed that those who attacked him are misdirected, misguided fellows.
Former Senate president, Ike Ekweremadu, has advised South East leaders to feel free to travel abroad, saying his attack on Saturday by members of the outlawed IPOB did not represent the behaviour of the larger Igbo people in the diaspora.
Mr Ekweremadu said he had “moved on” and cared less about what authorities in Nigeria and in Germany where he was assaulted planned to do about the incident.
The senator, representing Enugu West, said he had left the leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, “to his conscience.”
“What we will do in this circumstance is to leave him to his conscience, the verdict of history, and possibly the repercussions of ingratitude. But I hope he won’t go to the extent of attacking any of the South East leaders anywhere,” he said on Monday after returning to Nigeria.