Secession: Over 30 Separatist Groups Exist In South East – Abaribe

The Senator representing Abia South senatorial district, Enyinnaya Abaribe has said there are more than 30 separatist organisations operating in the South-East geopolitical zone of the country.

According to the Minority Leader, it is erronous to thing that the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), and the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), were the only separatist groups in the zone.

Abaribe stated this on Tuesday in an interview aired on Channels Television monitored by VANTAGE NEWS.

The senator, who said the ideology cannot be defeated unless President Muhammadu Buhari addresses the root causes of the problem through dialogue, added that the region have been grossly marginalised.

VANTAGE NEWS reports that Abaribe was among the three persons that 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.

“I am a supporter of the cries of our people against injustice…I stand with my people,” Abaribe responded when asked if he was a supporter of IPOB.

He added that “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.”

“I will still stand surety because you feel that you are being unfairly treated,” the senator said concerning his position as a surety for the detained Kanu.

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