An umbrella body of Igbo people living in Germany, Ndi-Igbo Germany, have on Monday apologised to the former Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, over attack on him at the weekend by members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra in Nuremberg, Germany.
The Special Assistant to Ekweremadu on Media, Uche Anichukwu in a statement said the group had expressed remorse and said it was an embarrassment to the entire Igbo race that a notable figure like Ekweremadu was attacked.
While vowing to ensure that the law runs its full course the body explained that the event Ekweremadu was attending was part of its efforts to encourage foreign investment and industrialisation of Igboland.
They noted that it “provided a forum for Igbo people in Diaspora to network and to engage German business community with interest in investments and development in Igboland in particular and Nigeria in general”.
According to Anichukwu, the apology letter was signed by NIG leader, Engr. Ogechukwu Nsofor. He quoted the group as saying, “We, Ndi-Igbo Germany, the umbrella/apex union of all Igbo unions operating in the Federal Republic of Germany are shocked and dismayed by the unprovoked, unwarranted and senseless attack unleashed on Senator Ike Ekweremadu in Nuremberg, Germany.
“Ndi-Igbo Germany, wish to offer our unequivocal apology to our special guest of honour, Senator Ike Ekweremadu – former Deputy Senate President – for the unfortunate treatment misdirected at him by members of Indigenous Peoples Of Biafra in Germany during the occasion of our second Annual Igbo Cultural Festival and Convention 2019.
“It must be emphasised that Senator Dr. Ike Ekweremadu had nothing personal to gain in attending our cultural day. Rather the Igbo residents here in Germany lost an opportunity to tap into his reservoir of knowledge.