Senate chief whip, Orji Kalu, said he did not cancel his scheduled medical check-up to Germany because of what occurred to Sen. Ike Ekweremadu,
Kalu who had earlier spoken on the assault on Ekweremadu, spoke to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja.
“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 was 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.’’
Kalu had described the action of the IPOB members as uncivilised, unacceptable and barbaric.
The former Abia governor urged Igbo people to respect their leaders at all levels.
He noted that the only way the South-East zone can be prosperous was by embracing dialogue, peace and unity.
Kalu also urged the Embassy of Nigeria in Germany, the German Government and appropriate authorities to bring the perpetrators of the ugly incident to book.
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 isn’t just one of of the representatives of the Igbo, but also a influential Nigerian and should be given due respect at home and abroad by all and sundry.
“The people of the area must embrace dialog as a way of resolving relevant issues and avoiding violence in order for the South-East to move forward.”