- The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council has apologized to the minister of transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi
- Amaechi was recently harrassed by some IPOB youths in Madrid, Spain with the intent to harm him
- The group described the attempted assualt on Amaechi as “an act of misplaced anger.”
Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council has condemned the purported assault melted to the minister of transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi in Spain.
Amaechi was attacked by some youths suspected to be members of the Indigenuos Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) during a conference on climate change in Madrid, Spain recently.
The Ohanaeze Youths in a statement sent to journalists on Monday, December 9, described the attempted assualt on Amaechi as “an act of misplaced anger.”
The group's statement signed by its president-general, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, and secretary-general, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike, stated that “Chibuike Amaechi, honourable minister for transport remain our leader and illustrious son.”
“We apologize to him on behalf of those who claimed responsibility over the purported failed assault and promise him and other Igbo leaders that Igbo youths guarantees the safety all government officials and dignitaries in the future while discharging their official duties abroad,” the group said.
The group said it had met in Mumbai, India with Igbo leaders and some coalition of Biafra agitators from different countries in Asia with the view of halting further embarrassment of government officials and dignitaries especially Igbo leaders.
“We want to assure our governors and ministers that there’ll be no further embarrassment in Asia, this consultative dialogue and meetings will be replicated in America, Europe and African countries in nearby future.
“We will continue to support President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration and south-east governors and protect them both at home and in diaspora from further embarrassment and humiliation,” the group concluded.
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Meanwhile, the attack on Amaechi has been condemned by the Nigerian government.
Reacting to the incident, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, said there will be consequences for such uncouth and unruly behaviour.
She appealed to Nigerians to always be of good behaviour wherever they may be as any negative action will dent the country's image.
According to her, the case is now being handled by the Nigerian mission and the Spanish police.
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