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I didn’t shun Igbo event in Spain because of IPOB — Orji Kalu

Valentine Chinyem

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The Chief Whip of the Senate, Orji Uzor Kalu, has described the story alleging that he ditched attending an Igbo event in Spain for fear of attacks by members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, as false.

In a statement issued on Monday, the two term governor of Abia State, said he suspended his trip because he was having an interaction with members of his constituents, while describing reports in some social media platforms that he suspended a medical trip to Germany following attacks on Senator Ike Ekweremadu, as totally untrue.

Recall that former deputy Senate president, Ike Ekweremadu, was assaulted on Saturday, by members of the IPOB, where he had gone to honor an invitation as speaker at the 2nd Annual Igbo Cultural Festival in Nuremberg, Germany.

Kalu explained that he has been in his country home, Igbere, Abia state, interacting with members of his constituency since the National Assembly was on recess.

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.

Adding that the assault on the Senator was a slap on the face of Igbo leaders regardless of party affiliation, noting Ekweremadu as a prominent Nigerian, does not deserve the treatment meted to him in Germany.

He said the Igbo ethnicity can only progress when they allow peace reign and leaders are respected.