Oye Saturday 20 March 2021:
Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe is being palmed off as today’s quintessential Igbo man, but otu awughi ezhi. He is not, not by a long short.
As a matter of fact, but for being vocal in the federal parliament, Mr. Abaribe is everything Igbo man should shed, or should not be:
He plays to the gallery. Even his being highly vocal in parliament is part of that urge to be at the center of public attention at all costs. In his recent launch of his biographical book, Made in Aba, he revealed that he was not as in support of IPOB as he appeared to be. He revealed that he believed what every responsible Igbo believed (or should believe), which was that IPOB had no business gunning to lead Igbo.
That was speaking from both sides of the mouth. And he that speaks like that is a very dangerous man. Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe is a highly dangerous man.
2) In his book, he revealed how northern and western fellow Nigerians mediated between him and Governor Orji Uzo Kalu, when he was his Deputy Governor. In his narrative, the only Igbo who also mediated between them were Imo and Abia Igbo. No other Igbo was mentioned in the mediation. And you wonder why people would come from afar to solve a problem in Igboland, with no other Igbo contacted or offered to wade into the matter.
How many times have we seen Igbo personages mediate in northern and western lands?
One could see in the politics of Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, today’s typical Igbo man who is wracked with low self-esteem. Abaribe is in earnest to make friends of northerners, Yorubas and Edos, but deeply reluctant to have anything worthwhile to do with his fellow Igbo who are not from either Abia or Imo States.
We do not need such types of Igbo in our midst again. Igbo like that are people we must cast as persona non grata. Igbo individuals and celebrities we must embrace and listen to today are those who a zealous to network across Igboland with their fellow Igbo. Builders like the past President-General of Oranaeze Ndi Igbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, etc.
What we lack and need today are those Igbo who are more patriotic to Igbo than to Nigeria. Those who are eager to begin to galvanize Igbo from Benue to Igbanke and from Ikwerre to Equatorial Guinea. Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe is a villain in that regard. Let’s look to far better Igbo politicians.
The Pastor of The Igbo Revolution