- The senator representing Abia South senatorial district has been asked to apologise to Nigerians over his call for President Muhammadu Buhari's resignation
- An Igbo group has urged the senator to rather resign his position as a lawmaker of the ninth National Assembly
- According to the group, Nigerians will not be misled by Abaribe as his position does not represent that of the region
A socio-political movement in the southeast on Wednesday, January 29, disowned the lawmaker representing Abia South senatorial district, Enyinnaya Abaribe, over call for President Muhammadu Buhari to resign from office.
The Igbos in Nigeria Movement (INM) called on Abaribe to "immediately resign and apologise to Nigerians over the call for President Buhari's resignation.
In a statement jointly signed by the president and secretary-general of the INM, Ifeanyi Igwe and Paulinus Ozoani, the group said it was disappointed over Abaribe's utterances.
The INM also said that Abaribe's remarks against the president are not surprising especially considering his relationship with the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.
The group alleged that the lawmaker and some of his allies may be behind the supposed insecurity situation and are only trying to create the impression that the president is not delivering on his promise to secure the lives and property of Nigeria's citizens.
While calling on the lawmaker to resign and apologise, INM, however, urged Nigerians not to be misled by Abaribe as his position doesn't represent that of the region.
"Our expectation was that Senator Abaribe would have used the time allotted to him in debating the motion tagged, ‘Nigerian security challenges: urgent need to restructure, review and reorganize the current security architecture’ by Senator Abdullahi Yahaya, in a better manner," the group said.
"He should have for instance called on his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to a ceasefire in the war of attrition they are waging against Nigeria," it added.
The INM said it decided to take Senator Abaribe to task so that "his misguided position" will not be misconstrued by patriotic Nigerians to be the collective decision of the south-east geo-political zone or that of the Igbo nation.
"We shall never align with what is criminal or evil, so it becomes necessary to disown this trader masquerading as the people’s representative in the Senate."
"We consequently demand that Senator Abaribe resigns from the Senate since he has proven himself to be a misfit who is not qualified to speak on the floor of the Senate. In addition to resigning, he should apologize to Nigerians for his unnecessary tantrum," the statement concluded.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Senator Abaribe had during the plenary on Wednesday, January 29, asked President Muhammadu Buhari to resign as president over rising insecurity in the country.
Abaribe made the controversial statement while the lawmakers of the ninth Senate were deliberating on a motion on national security challenges and the need to restructure Nigeria’s security system.
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