Former Abia state governor and chief whip of the 9th Senate, Orji Kalu, has dismissed claims making the rounds on social media that he suspended his planned medical check-up to Germany over the recent attack on Ike Ekweremadu.
The former governor made this known in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja.
Senator Ekweremadu was attacked on Saturday by some members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), when he was invited as a speaker at the 2nd Annual Igbo Cultural Festival in Nuremberg, Germany.
Kalu said, “I have been in my country home interacting with the people and settling disputes. The news that I suspended by planned medical check-up in Germany is not true.
“I was invited by Igbo group in Spain to attend their function, I could not go because of the interaction with my constituents,’’ he said.
He however described the attack on Ekweremadu by IPOB as uncivilised, unacceptable and barbaric while urging Igbos to honour their leaders.
He said: “After watching a viral video of the physical attack on former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweramadu, I was not only disappointed, but irritated and disturbed with the action of some members of IPOB.
“The assault on the senator is a slap on Igbo leaders regardless of age, party affiliation and religion.
“The perpetrators of the uncivilised act must face the wrath of the law.
“Sen. Ekweramadu is not only one of the Igbo leaders, but also a prominent Nigerian and as such should be accorded due respect by all and sundry at home and abroad.
“For the South-East to move forward, the people of the zone must embrace dialogue as a way of resolving pertinent issues and eschew violence.”