Senator Enyịnnaya Abaribe needs no introduction to anyone who is conscious of the happenings in the Nigerian political sphere.
A current legislator in the house of senate, representing Abia Senatorial district, Senator Abaribe has previously served in the capacity of former Deputy Governor of Abia state and so far, is a veteran Igbo politician of excellent repute.
There is a lot that is remarkable about Senator. Abaribe and it isn’t just about the fact he is well-educated or a brilliant man who is well-known for the articulation of his points.
It is also about his courage and how he has stuck his neck out to speak for the interest of Ndigbo in these mysterious times when every Igbo politician seems to cower under the authority of the Northern power-breakers of Nigeria.
Ndiigbo currently suffer atrophy of leadership, and there are very few leaders rising up to the position to fill this vacuum.
The times have indeed been interesting for Ndigbo considering that we were once led by men like Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, Chief. Michael Okpara, Dee Sam Mbakwe, Dr. Akanu Ibiam and even the leader of Biafra, Dim Chukwemeka Ọdụmegwu Ojukwu.
It leaves a bitter taste in the mouth that we now have distasteful politicians without dignity like Rochas Okorocha, Orji Uzor Kalu, Willie Obiano, Okézie Ikpeazụ and the rest, handling important positions in the land.
These politicians are at best, self-serving and selfish people who have demonstrated little or no care for their people and almost never bother to speak up on the various maltreatment suffered by Ndigbo in the hands of the unruly Nigerian government.
It is in this capacity that Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe has risen up to the occasion many times, to stand for the Igbo people and to speak up against the sufferings of the people.
Senator Abaribe, from standing in for Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in order to secure his release from prison after being detained by the Nigerian government for 18months, to speaking up against the proscription of IPOB, to challenging President Muhammadu Buhari to resign and questioning the various misgivings of the current government of National TV has written his name on marble in the heart of many Igbo nationalists of the times.
In the front of national affairs, just like the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, Senator Abaribe has risen to the occasion like Colonel Ojukwu did for Ndiigbo and Biafrans in the 1960s.
It is in being available and standing for his people that Colonel Ojukwu is immensely loved by the Igbo people and his memory largely venerated.
The Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka had once written a powerful tribute to Colonel Ojukwu. It is also on this basis that Senator Abaribe, as a lone political voice, is daring to speak up in such a time when Ndiigbo are surrounded by vultures.
The bravery of Senator Abaribe will not be forgotten, but will be remembered in history as an occurrence in a time of absolute necessity.
Here is a Senator who has in the time of deceitful complacency, stubbornly stuck to the truth, stuck his head out multiple times to speak for his people.
Like Dim Ọdụmegwú, there has never been an atom of doubt that he stands with his people. Senator Abaribe has proven that in a time of national deceit, there can be honest men who can stare into the face of the monstrous oppressors and speak the truth to power.
I salute Senator Abaribe and his intellectual prowess and bravery.