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Why Didn't Senator Abaraibe Recommend Secession As The Solution To Marginalisation?

Senator Enyinnaya Abaraibe.

Senator Enyinnaya Abaraibe recently shed light on sundry political issues within the country. During his interview on Channels Television, the senator representing Abia South made a lot of clarifications about his stance in the ongoing tussle over 2023 presidency. Speaking on the issue, the former deputy governor of Abia state emphasised the need for an Igbo president come 2023. With reference to Nigeria's multiethnic nature, the outspoken senator buttressed the tremendous impact an Igbo president would have on Nigeria's unity.

Aside his views on 2023 presidential elections, the senator also discussed the ongoing secessionist movements in the Southeastern region of the country. It could be recalled that prior to this interview, many political experts have weighed in on the tendencies of Abaraibe being a supporter of the Indegenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) but his recent views about Nigeria was a complete confirmation of his unwavering patriotism. At a point in his interview, he revealed his interest to lead this "beautiful" country.

Going forward, when he reacted to the ongoing agitations in the country, the senator noted that there are over 30 separatist groups in the Southeastern region - including IPOB and MASSOB. Having identified alleged marginalisation as the primary cause of these indiscriminate calls for agitations, the senator never recommended secession as the solution to these movements. 

Rather, he called upon the leadership of the country to summon the agitating groups for a dialogue. He opined that through dialogue, a lot of issues would be resolved just as it happened between former president Yar'Adua and the Niger Delta people. Furthermore, the senator also maintained that another solution to the increasing number of agitators is the election of a president who could embrace the diversity of Nigerians.

It was very relieving that senator Enyinnaya Abaraibe distanced secession from the possible solutions to agitations. This would go a long way in re-establishing the possibility of a united Nigeria.

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