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Refusal To Attend Igbo Event In Spain Not Because Of Fear Of IPOB – Orji Uzor Kalu |The Republican News

Orji Uzor Kalu

Sunday Aborisade,  Abuja

The Chief Whip of the Senate, Orji Uzor Kalu, has said that his refusal to attend an Igbo event in Spain was not to avoid assault from members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, who may be residing in the country.

Kalu, a two-term governor of Abia State,  gave the explanation in a statement issued on Monday by his media office.

He described reports in some social media platforms that he suspended a medical trip to Germany following attacks on Senator Ike Ekweremadu, as totally untrue.

He said the report was untrue.

Ekweremadu was physically assaulted in Germany, on Saturday, by members of the IPOB.

The former Deputy Senate President was invited as a guest speaker at the 2nd Annual Igbo Cultural Festival in Nuremberg, Germany, when the assault took place.

Kalu explained that he has been in his country home, Igbere, interacting with members of his constituency since the National Assembly went on recess.

The Senator said he had held several meetings with the people of Abia North at his Camp Neya residence in Igbere.

The statement read in part, “I have been in my country home interacting with people from my constituency and settling disputes.

“The news that I suspended by planned medical check-up in Germany was not true.

“I was invited by an Igbo group in Spain to attend their function, I could not go because of the interaction with my constituents.”

He described the action of the IPOB members against Ekweremadu as uncivilised, unacceptable and barbaric.

He said the assault on the Senator was a slap on Igbo leaders regardless of party affiliation, describing Ekweremadu as a prominent Nigerian who deserves to be respected.

Kalu, therefore, urged the Igbo to respect their leaders at all levels and embrace peace, saying only then will the South-East region be prosperous and peaceful. (Punch)

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I Was Attacked By IPOB Members In Nuremberg Germany – Sen. Ike Ekweremadu

Former Deputy Senate President, Dr Ike Ekweremadu

The former Senate Deputy President, Dr Ike Ekweremadu recounts his ordeal in the hands of IPOB members in Nuremberg, Germany during his visit to attend the new yam festival during annual cultural festival of the Igbo held today in Germany.

His recounted his own role in helping to fight injustice from Nigeria against the Igbo people, also his role for the release of Nnamdi Kanu when he was detained in Kuje Prison.

Below is his statement with regards to the incident in Nuremberg.

Sen. Ike Ekweremadu

I attended the Second Annual Cultural Festival and Convention organised by Ndi-Igbo Germany in Nurnberg today where I was billed to give a keynote address along with the President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, who, however could not make it eventually.

I was given a resounding welcome by Ndigbo in Germany and everything went smoothly until some men, who identified themselves as IPOB members stormed the venue and began to complain about the killings in the South East, stressing that there would be no Igbo event at the venue.

I tried to engage them, but when they became unruly, I had to leave the venue. The organisers also invited the police and I was accompanied out of the venue.

Much as I am disappointed in their conduct, especially as I am one of the persons, who have spoken up on justice for Ndigbo, the Python Dance, judicial killings in Igbo land and elsewhere both on the floor of the Senate and in my written and personal engagements with the Presidency as well as rallied the South East Senate Caucus to secure Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s release with Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe taking him on bail to douse tension in the South East, I nevertheless do not hold this to heart against them, for they know not what they do.

I have received thousands of solidarity calls and messages from well meaning Ndigbo and Nigerians. I want to assure them that I am hale and hearty. I have also spoken with the Nigerian Ambassador to Germany, Ambassador Yusuf Tuggar.

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