Former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, says he has forgiven members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) who attacked him during his recent trip to Germany.
Ekweremadu disclosed this when he returned to the country from on Monday, adding that he would not be seeking punishment for his attackers.
Speaking with newsmen at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Ekweremadu said, “I had a feeling that they (his attackers) were under the influence of alcohol and drugs. They did not represent the feelings of our people. I have forgiven them and I have moved on. The government of Germany is free to do whatever they want to do about their case.”
Narrating the incident, Ekweremadu said, “The organisers asked me to come to the venue because the place was already full of guests including the Mayor of the town and the Nigerian Ambassador to Germany and I had to rush there.
“When I got there, the Ambassador was not there yet but a lot of people had already assembled. I was excited and I alighted from my car to go and say hello to those standing in front of the hall.
“A group of young people with IPOB emblem and shirts were also standing there. One of them then accosted me and said that we didn’t do much when the Federal Government declared Operation Python Dance in the South-East.
“They asked me to address them on the issue right there but I told them that it was part of the issues I would address when I wanted to speak during the programme but they said, ‘No!’ They became agitated and started attacking me immediately.”