The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has stated that Saturday’s attack on Senator Ike Ekweremadu should serve as a warning to other Igbo leaders.
The former Deputy Senate President was attacked by Igbos believed to be members of IPOB on Saturday in Nuremberg, Germany during the annual cultural festival of the Ndigbo, apex social-cultural group in the south-east.
Widespread condemnations have greeted the attack with the Federal Government, The Senate President, Ohaneze Ndigbo and several national leaders, describing the attack as uncalled for, babaric and a slight on the image of Nigeria on the international scene.
But leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu in a tweet on Sunday, hailed the attack, saying: “The courageous act by IPOB at Nürnberg Germany is a polite warning to those engaged in selling our collective interest to Fulani caliphate.”
A statement by Emma Powerful, IPOB’s spokesperson, described Ekweremadu is a “traitor”, who worked with “Igbo governors to proscribe and tag IPOB a terror organisation”.
“Yesterday, being the 17th day of August 2019 the Nuremberg IPOB family in Germany in keeping with the long-standing directive from our leader to hound all instigators of Operation Python Dance, IPOB is glad to report that Ike Ekweremadu was confronted and duly hounded out of a so-called New Yam Festival event in Germany,” the statement read.
“Despite repeated warnings to the organisers of these jamborees that Enugu, Ebonyi and other parts of Biafraland is under siege by Fulani caliphate and their collaborators within, they went ahead to invite a known traitor, co-conspirator and one of those that worked with Igbo governors to proscribe and tag IPOB a terror organisation while they never raised any voice against murderous Fulani herdsmen.
“This should serve as a warning to Nnia Nwodo, Dave Umahi, Okezie Ikpeazu, Willie Obiano and co that any day we find them in a public event abroad, they will be humiliated.
“IPOB is strategically located in over 100 countries around the world. Anywhere we find them, they will be dealt with.”