The Chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has condemned the attack on the former Deputy Senate President and serving Senator, Ike Ekweremadu, at the second annual Igbo cultural festival in Nuremberg, Germany.
She did this in a statement issued to the press on Saturday. In the statement, she termed the incident as an embarrassment to the country and urged the German government to ensure that the perpetrators were made to face the consequences of their actions.
Abike added that Nigerians should strive to be of good behaviour wherever they find themselves. She insisted that such incidents had the capacity to tarnish the image of Nigerians in the diaspora.
The festival was held by the Ndigbo community in Germany. In attendance were largely Igbos living in the country. The festival provided a networking forum for the various stakeholders facilitating a better business cooperation between the Germans and Nigerians. However, it ended in such a disgraceful manner, as a group of people were caught on camera beating Sen. Ike Ekweremadu.
The Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohaneze Ndigbo, has also expressed great shock at the incident and has pleaded with the German law enforcement agency to fish out the perpetrators responsible for lynching the senator.
The President General of Ohaneze Ndigbo worldwide, Dr. Nnia Nwodo, made this known in a statement. The statement reads:
"The assault on Ekweremadu by Igbos in Germany, described as IPOB, is disappointing, grotesque and dangerous for Igbo solidarity. This violent, rude, impertinent, divisive and discourteous style of IPOB or IPOB instigated miscreants is damaging to our cause. It strengthens the case of those who describe them as terrorists and weakens our case against the infringement of our fundamental human rights.
"Ekweremadu negotiated the sureties and securities for Nnamdi Kanu’s release on bail. He does not deserve this picketing and disgrace. A disgrace to him is a disgrace to Igbo tribe. Whilst I condemn the attack on our revered son and leader, I call on the law enforcement agencies in Germany to bring to book the perpetrators of this despicable act. It is un-Igbo. It is disgraceful."