Enyinnaya Abaribe, the Senate minority leader, has said there are over 30 separatist groups in the South East, apart from the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB.
Abaribe stated this while speaking on Channels Television.
According to him, President Muhammadu Buhari’s government might crush secessionist agitators, but it would be difficult for them to crush the ideology until they address the root cause of the problem and embrace dialogue.
Abaribe lamented that the South-East has been marginalised and unfairly treated by the All Progressives Congress, APC, government.
When asked whether he was a supporter of IPOB, he said, “I am a supporter of the cries of our people against injustice. I stand with my people.
“One of the biggest problems that the media also has is that they tag everything IPOB in the South-East.
“You won’t believe that there are more than 30 different separatist organisations. IPOB, MASSOB, there are so many and each one of them come back to the same thing.
“Why we are having separatist agitations everywhere in the country is that some people are unable to manage our diversity.”