I Didn’t Shun Igbo Event In Spain Because Of IPOB —Kalu
The Chief Whip of the Senate , Orji Uzor Kalu , has said that his refusal to attend an Igbo event in Spain was not to avoid assault from members of the Indigenous People of Biafra , who may be residing in the country .
Kalu , a two -tern governor of Abia State , gave the explanation in a statement issued on Monday by his media office.
He described reports in some social media platforms that he suspended a medical trip to Germany following attacks on Senator Ike Ekweremadu, as totally untrue.
He said the report was untrue.
Ekweremadu was physically assaulted in Germany , on Saturday , by members of the IPOB .
The former Deputy Senate President was invited as a guest speaker at the 2 nd Annual Igbo Cultural Festival in Nuremberg , Germany , when the assault took place .
Kalu explained that he has been in his country home , Igbere , interacting with members of his constituency since the National Assembly went on recess .
The Senator said he had held several meetings with the people of Abia North at his Camp Neya residence in Igbere .
The statement read in part , “ I have been in my country home interacting with people from my constituency and settling disputes .
“ The news that I suspended by planned medical check- up in Germany was not true .
“ I was invited by an Igbo group in Spain to attend their function , I could not go because of the interaction with my constituents. ”
He described the action of the IPOB members against Ekweremadu as uncivilised, unacceptable and barbaric .
He said the assault on the Senator was a slap on Igbo leaders regardless of party affiliation , describing Ekweremadu as a prominent Nigerian who deserves to be respected .
Kalu , therefore , urged the Igbo to respect their leaders at all levels and embrace peace , saying only then will the South -East region be prosperous and peaceful .