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You Can’t Crush Secessionist Ideology, Embrace Dialogue Now — Abaribe Tells FG

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The Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe has warned that it will be difficult for the Federal Government to crush the ideology of secession even though it may crush secessionist agitators.

He therefore advised the current administration to address the root cause of the problem and embrace dialogue.

The lawmaker made this known in an interview with Channels TV on Tuesday.

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Abaribe, who represents Abia South in the red chamber, was deputy governor to Senator Orji Uzor Kalu from May 29, 1999 till March 2003.

Abaribe lamented that the people of the South-East have been grossly marginalised and unfairly treated by the All Progressives Congress government.

According to him, there are over 20 secessionist agitation groups in the South East aside IPOB, and MASSOB.

When asked whether he was a supporter of IPOB, Abaribe said, “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,” he added.

The Senator also said that he does not regret standing as one of Kanu’s sureties in 2017 and said, “I will still stand surety because you feel that you are being unfairly treated.”

Abaribe lamented that “the government of the APC has an aversion to dialogue” and must embrace such to quell the growing agitations for fairness and justice to the Igbo people.

The Senator and two others had stood as sureties for detained IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu before he was granted bail by the Federal High Court in Abuja on April 25, 2017.

Kanu had jumped bail same year but he had said he fled Nigeria because of the extrajudicial attempt on his life in Abia in September 2017.

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