- Senator Abaribe has said the Nigerian government has to fix the current security challenges the country is facing
- The PDP lawmaker said if the security crisis persists, the general elections coming up in 2023 may not hold
- Abaribe lambasted the Buhari-led APC government, saying it fails to address the nation's security problem
Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, the minority leader of the Senate, has said the 2023 general elections may not hold if the current security crisis in the country is not effectively tackled.
Ababribe who represents Abia South in the upper legislative chamber made this known in an interview published by Daily Sun on Saturday, April 17.
He said nearly all parts of the country are no longer safe, in the southern region which had earlier been relatively peaceful.
The senator said:
"The most important thing today is that, we don’t know if the 2023 general elections will be possible or hold. People have been talking. We don’t have to behave like Nero who fiddles while Rome is burning.
"There is the fear of insurgency. The biggest problem now is insecurity. We don’t want to overlook what can break the country and focus on ephemeral issues like the elections which may not hold."
Ababribe lamented that the southeast that used to be safe is now witnessing a growing insurgency.
"If the issues I’ve listed are not tackled, I don’t know how we can hold it together within the next two years. I really don’t know. How can you guarantee tomorrow? Southeast used to be the safest zone.
"Today, there is an insurgency being created within the southeast. You should be worried. The same thing is happening in the southwest. All of a sudden, there is unrest all over the country."
The PDP senator accused the Buhari-led government of failing to fulfil its promise to tackle insecurity.
"Six years down the line, it has worsened. We need to tell them to try and fix the mess."
In other news, Nyesom Wike, the Rivers state governor, has said anybody jostling to be president in 2023 would need to secure votes in Rivers and combine with either Kano or Lagos to emerge victorious.
He said such a pivotal position established the importance of Rivers in the political scheme of the country, adding that nobody would be allowed to undermine it.
Wike, in a statement by his special assistant on media, Kelvin Ebiri, spoke at the grand finale of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) local government election campaign at Ulakwo in Etche local government area on Thursday, April 15.