IPOB vows to attack more Igbo leaders, as condemnation mounts
The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has vowed to attack more Igbo leaders whenever they are found outside Nigeria, the group said on Sunday, even as it gave reasons why its members attacked former deputy senate president, Ike Ekeremadu, in Germany.
Ekweremadu was attacked in Nuremberg, Germany where he was attending the New Yam Festival of Igbo community.
However, more condemnation has continued to trail the violence against Ekweremadu by the proscribed group.
The IPOB said Igbo leaders marked for such attacks to include Governors David Umahi of Ebonyi, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu, Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia and Willie Obiano of Anambra state as well as President-General of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Nnia Nwodo, whom it accused of supporting a military operation in the South-east.
IPOB spokesperson, Emma Powerful, in a statement, said the directive to attack Igbo leaders was given by the IPOB leader and the attack on Mr Ekweremadu, in Nuremberg, Germany on Saturday was in obedience to the order.
The statement reads, “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.
“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,” Mr Powerful said.
However, the federal government has described the attack as “an embarrassment to the country.”
“According to reliable sources, some of the culprits who perpetrated the act have been apprehended and we call on the German government and law enforcement agencies to ensure that there are consequences for their actions,” the Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, said.
Also, Sunday, the South-East Governors Forum, the Ohaneze Ndigbo and the Southeast zone of the main opposition party, PDP, all condemned the attack on the Enugu senator.
The South-East Governors Forum said the IPOB order to attack the governors was an empty threat.
It also argued that attacking the governors would not solve the problem of their agitation for Biafra.
The Chairman of the forum and Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, stated this in a reaction through his Chief Press Secretary, Emmanuel Uzo.
“They have no such spread and powers to track down South-East governors for attack anywhere in the world. They are too small. I don’t want to say they sound so cowardly, but they can’t see the governors to attack,” he said.
Senator Shehu Sani on his part said the IPOB spanked the wrong horse with the wrong whip on the wrong track and condemned the attack.
Sani on his Twitter handle said: “IKE; IPOB spanked the wrong horse with the wrong whip on the wrong track.
“The attack on Senator Ekweremadu in Germany stands unreservedly condemned.
“Whatever is the political or philosophical agenda of the people that attacked him, the strategy of physical assault or violence cannot lead them to success.”