- A coalition has condemned the inclusion of the lawmaker representing Abia South Senatorial district
- The coalition said it is morally unacceptable that Enyinnaya Abaribe is part of the ad-hoc committee to review the security challenges in Nigeria
- According to the coalition, the operation of the Military in the country in fighting insecurity could be jeopardised
The Coalition for Nigeria has rejected the inclusion of the lawmaker representing Abia South, Enyinnaya Abaribe, in the Senate's ad-hoc committee on security challenges.
The coalition alleged that there is overwhelming evidence indicting Abaribe as a known ally of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.
Speaking at a press conference in Abuja on Wednesday, February 5, the national president of the coalition, Sabo Odeh, said it is morally unacceptable that Abaribe is part of the ad-hoc committee to review the security challenges in Nigeria.
Odeh said the attempt may jeopardise the military operation in fighting insecurity across various regions of the nation.
Recalling that the Abia lawmaker stood in as surety for Kanu in 2017 and only recently called on President Muhammadu Buhari to resign over security concerns, Odeh said Abaribe shouldn't be placed in such critical position.
Odeh said: "Going by court documents that showed he stood surety for a fugitive terrorist Senator Abaribe is a known terrorist sponsor and an unrepentant one at that. He stood surety for a terrorist kingpin in the name of Nnamdi Kanu who jumped bail in Nigeria and working from abroad to destabilize the country."
He also said that the lawmaker, the coalition believes, has openly displayed hatred, disdain and total lack of patriotism.
"For a man who could back a terrorist in court, one can only wonder at the level and nature of support he has offered members of the terrorist Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in the background," Odeh said.
The coalition alleged that the appointment of Abaribe into the committee is a charade, premeditated evil and a clear sign that the Senate is out to ruin the efforts of the President Buhari led administration.
According to the coalition, the committee can only make pro-terrorist findings and come up with recommendations that will worsen the security situation in Nigeria in a way that favours the balkanization of the county in line with IPOB's manifesto.
"Therefore we demand that Senator Abaribe be excluded from the committee immediately," the coalition.
"If the Senate President fails to do that then Nigerians should not bother herself with the committee as it will yield no result but another jamboree to cover the N37 billion being expended on the renovation of office complex by the National Assembly," it concluded.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Senator Abaribe had called for the resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari over the growing insecurity in Nigeria.
The Senator said Nigerians voted the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its presidential candidate because they promised to tackle insecurity but that they have failed to do so.
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