Abia South senator, Enyinnaya Abaribe, has condemned Nigerians in the diaspora who send money back home to support the secessionist agenda of groups like IPOB. He also spoke about the bail bond which he signed for the release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the IPOB leader.
IPOB agitations affecting business: Speaking at the Made-In-Aba Products Fashion Show held in New York, the senator decried the fact that IPOB’s agitations for Biafra have hampered sales and export of Made-In -Aba products.
On the bail bond he signed for Kanu, Abaribe said:
- “I am a senator of the federal republic of Nigeria, not a senator of Biafra. When they wanted to give bail, they asked for a senator. They assumed that none of us would have the courage to come out and sign it. I came out and signed it.”
- He explained that after signing the bail bond, “we sat Kanu down and told him, yes agitation is a fundamental right but your right ends where another’s begin.”
- Following Kanu’s disappearance, Abaribe said the three people who signed his bail bond are now in trouble because they do not know where he is. “Now people are saying they should arrest me. I have told them you can’t do anything to me, because you did not bring me to the senate, it is the people of Aba that brought me to the senate.”
Abaribe urged Igbos to be pragmatic and realistic like one of Nigeria’s founding fathers, Nnamdi Azikiwe. “We think we need Biafra, but this Biafra should be that of the mind that represents our ingenuity and our innate quality for hard work and enterprise, especially as oil proceeds keep dwindling,” he said.
“Igbo are largest and highest investors in the country, contributing to the development of wherever they reside and operate. In Lagos alone, we have built and developed about ten different markets from which over N3b are generated on daily basis.”
Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, was represented at the event by his deputy, Mr. Ude Oko Chukwu.