Enyinnaya Abaribe, a senator from Abia South, has connected the story of Nnamdi Kanu and his organization, the Indigenous People of Biafra, or IPOB, to the violence in the Southeast.
Some of the insecurity problems plaguing the Southeast, according to Abaribe, are manufactured, giving the impression that security personnel are powerless to address them.
Nonetheless, the former Senate Minority Leader asserted in a speech in Enugu that the Southeast’s economic crisis was unrelated to the story.
He said: “As much as we know that we cannot do anything without security, I posit that we must while dealing with insecurity (some of which are contrived) also start to discuss some other pressing issues within our polity.
“I say contrived because it is obvious that it is the general malaise in our society today that makes it seem as if insecurity cannot be tackled by our various security agencies.
“These loose associations are today, pivotal to most development strides in our communities and of course, these efforts have expanded to the areas of community security associations to complement government efforts.
“Yes, Ndigbo today have insecurity issues but it was not the case in the recent past. Today’s insecurity started from the Nnamdi Kanu/IPOB saga in 2021. Did the economic downturn in the South-East start from that date? The answer is a resounding no.”