Sen. Enyinnaya Abaribe revealed that over 30 separatist groups exist in the South-East region of the country.
Sen. Abaribe made this revelation in an interview on Channels Television today. Asserting that the people of the South-East have been grossly marginalized and unfairly treated by the government of the All Progressives Congress, the former Deputy Governor of Abia state says it will be difficult for the government to crush the ideology unless its root causes are addressed.
According to him;
“I am a supporter of the cries of our people against injustice…I stand with my people. “One of the biggest problems that the media also has is that they tag everything IPOB in the South-East. You won’t believe that there are more than 30 different separatist organisations. IPOB, MASSOB, there are so many and each one of them come back to the same thing. “Why we are having separatist agitations everywhere in the country is that some people are unable to manage our diversity."
As a surety for IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu’s 2018 elections, he said he did not regret it.
According to Abaribe;
“I will still stand surety because you feel that you are being unfairly treated.”
Abaribe stated that a possible Igbo president might emerge in 2023;
“The man who the shoe pinches knows where it hurts. The Igbos are the people in Nigeria who make conscious efforts of setting anywhere else without hurting their host. “At any point you have never heard that they kill and maim their host so they know how to aggregate everybody’s feelings, their customs, their laws, their norms, everything. And so, because of that we feel that the Igbo will understand you, will even have the time for you. “Today, we don’t feel that this government have the time for anybody. “You will see a tremendous change starting with the fact that he will be able to or she will be able to manage our diversity. “We think that the party called APC is not set up to manage Nigeria properly and so it has to be our own party (PDP) that has been able to carry everybody along. And those of us Igbo within our party knowing that we have to play politics, talk to people, you have to be able to see your own point of view and buy into your vision are doing the consultations now.”