The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on Thursday said Saturday’s attack on former Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu in Nuremberg, Germany, was to protest his “self-centered politics of survival”.
The group said while it did not expect the lawmaker to change Nigeria, it expected him to speak out on issues concerning the Igbo.
IPOB’s spokesman Emma Powerful, said in a statement, that Ekweremadu had not done enough for the Igbo as the longest-serving senator.
“This distinguished Senator is a typical example of the new breed Igbo politician, permanently engaged in the politics of personal survival 40 years after the Biafra genocide.
“Ekweremadu, the distinguished Senator representing Enugu State, is the longest serving Igbo senator.
“He has survived in the murky waters of Nigerian politics by playing to the rules of the politics of survival.
“Enugu, his home state, is besieged on all fronts by Fulani militants. Men, women and children, even priests, are being slaughtered on a daily basis.
“We are yet to hear our distinguished Senator speak with clarity on the matter,” the group said.
According to IPOB, those condemning its members for manhandling Ekweremadu in Germany are poor students of history.
“You do not persuade an angry people with patriotic rhetoric. Leaders who cannot gauge the anger and fury in their land must be truly blind and not qualified to represent them.
“Igbo politicians like Ekweremadu loved Nigeria than the owners of Nigeria, a case of being more Catholic than the Pope.
“They love their prison and zealously promote a system that puts their people down,” the statement added.