Senator Ike Ekweremadu has advised South East leaders to leave the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi KANU to his conscience, adding they feel free to travel abroa.
Ekweremadu was reacting to his attack on Saturday by members of the IPOB. He said the action did not represent the behaviour of the larger Igbo people in the diaspora.
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.
Th former Senate President, 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.
He said the threat by Kanu, who in a live broadcast on Radio Biafra on Sunday, offered N1m reward for information on overseas travel itinerary of Southeast governors, was irrelevant, asking Igbo leaders to disregard the Kanu’s threat.
In a statement by his media aide, Uche Anichukwu, shortly after his return, Ekweremadu advised Nigerians, including Igbo leaders, to feel free to travel to any part of the world they wished to
He maintained that the attitude of his assailants did not represent the dispositions and behaviour of Nigerians in the diaspora.
“I think they were just people who were misdirected and misguided. I had the feeling they were under the influence of alcohol. They don’t represent the feelings of our people. There is nothing to worry about.
“The organisers, the Igbo in Germany, have written a letter apologising for what happened. Everybody is free to go anywhere because those ones don’t represent the behaviour of Nigerians abroad.
“For me, I have moved on. The government and authorities of Germany are free to do whatever they wish about it,” h said in the statement
On his threat to attack more Igbo leaders, especially the governors of the South East, Ekweremadu said he would leave the IPOB leader to his conscience.
“Let me just say that the leaders he (Kanu) was mentioning were responsible for getting him out of jail in the first place.
“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.”
The lawmaker said he had no regrets speaking for justice for the Igbo tribe and helping to facilitate Kanu’s release, saying he believed in justice for all irrespective of tribe, religion or region.
“First of all, I am a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. My job is to speak out when there is injustice anywhere. We have problem in the North East. I have visited the North East. I visited the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps there. I donated money. I sent relief materials. We had problem in the South-South, I visited the creeks and saw the environmental challenges there for myself.
“I was one of the few people the late President Musa Yar’Adua consulted before he decided on the issue of amnesty. I was the person who advised him that he needed to call a meeting of the Council of State. So, he had to invite the then Attorney General to discuss that issue with me and I advised them on the constitutional implications of amnesty.
“So, I have always spoken out on matters that concern Nigerians no matter where they come from. I believe in justice for all. It had nothing to do with IPOB,” he was quoted as saying.