Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe and Lagos State Governor's Aide, Joe Igbokwe, might both be great Igbo indigenes, the truth is that they were like two opposite poles. And the fracas between them had been caused by the lingering issue of the South-East secessionist group which is known as IPOB with regards to the rising insecurity in the South-East.
The face-off broke out in June. And it had happened that in the middle of the persistent IPOB's agitations for the creation of the Sovereign Nation of Biafra, President Mohammadu Buhari described the self-determnation group as a Dot in the Circle. But, maybe due to misconception of what he actually meant, he was accused and criticised that he was actually referring to the entire South-Eastern part of Nigeria in terms of its size compared to that of the country. And in the domino effects of the development, some Igbo cloth makers flooded the region's markets with tee-shirts on which, a Dot in a Circle, was printed.
Senator Abaribe happened to be one of the patrons of the above-mentioned shirts. And he even wore it to his office.
But this deed of the Senator did not go down well with the usually outspoken Igbokwe. And in response, he fired back at him by tagging him as a Senator, an ethnic bigot and an elder for nothing.
However, about a week ago, during the Law Maker's visit to Lagos State, the two of them met and reunited. And Igbokwe who once said that he no longer considered himself as an Igbo man said that there were no permanent enemies in politics.
But when it was being thought that the two Igbo bigwigs have put their differences behind them, the infamous unknown gunmen struck again on Sunday. This time around, they razed down both Igbokwe's country home, the DSS office, both in Anambra State. And more regrettably so, one of their stray bullets claimed the life of a female student, Chioma, of Nnamdi Azikwe University (UniZik).
Burnt Joe Igbokwe's home
Razed DSS office
Yesterday, in a statement by Abaribe on the inhuman incidents and the others that have been taking place in the South-East, Daily Post News alleged him of saying "We don't kmow those behind the killings in South-East".
But Igbokwe has swiftly responded to him by clearly claiming that they both knew that the IPOB is responsible for the insecurity in the Igboland.
The above opposite positions of the two political Titans regarding the IPOB on the war-like insecurity in the South-East might just be an indication of another fall out brewing between them. But it is hoped that it does not lead to a renewed acrimony between them.
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