The Senator representing Abia South senatorial zone of Abia State, Enyinnaya Abaribe, has linked the insecurity in the Southeast to the saga involving Nnamdi Kanu and his group, the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
Abaribe described some of the insecurity issues affecting the Southeast as contrived, which makes it seem as though security agents cannot tackle them.
The former Senate Minority Leader, who spoke in Enugu on Tuesday, however, said the economic downturn in the Southeast cannot be linked to the saga.
He said: “As much as we know that we cannot do anything without security, I posit that we must while dealing with insecurity (some of which are contrived) also start to discuss some other pressing issues within our polity.
“I say contrived because it is obvious that it is the general malaise in our society today that makes it seem as if insecurity cannot be tackled by our various security agencies.
“These loose associations are today, pivotal to most development strides in our communities and of course, these efforts have expanded to the areas of community security associations to complement government efforts.
“Yes, Ndigbo today have insecurity issues but it was not the case in the recent past. Today’s insecurity started from the Nnamdi Kanu/IPOB saga in 2021. Did the economic downturn in the South-East start from that date? The answer is a resounding no.”