By Eric Elezuo
While it remains unclear the reasons behind the arrest of the senator representing Abia South, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, by the State Secutiyt Service (SSS), the Boss can reveal that the eloquent senator’s constant deriding of the office of the President could be responsible.
Abaribe has on more than one occasion attributed incompetence to the President, calling President ‘I don’t know’ in apparent criticism of the President’s claim that he was not aware of most things happening under his watch.
A Catalogue of Abaribe’s critical remarks include on March 15, when the lawmaker criticised the President for constantly denying responsibility when things go wrong. The senator said Mr. Buhari was always in the habit of saying, “I don’t know.”
He made the comment while contributing to a motion on the recent killings in Kogi and Benue state by suspected herdsmen and the President’s retort that he did not know that the Inspector General of Police failed to relocate to Benue as instructed.
On April 12, the lawmaker caused an uproar in the upper chamber when he described the President as grossly ‘incompetent.’ Many had called on Abaribe to withdrew the statement, which he did.
Mr Abaribe had come under order 43 to discuss the issue of insecurity in Nigeria but his submission threw the chamber into chaos.
Again on June 7, the Abia South senator has asked Mr. Buhari to declare December 31 as Democracy Destruction Day to mark the coup he led to end Nigeria’s Second Republic in 1983. This contribution had caused a bust of laughter in the House, completely embarrassing the President.
He was contributing to the debate on the president’s declaration of June 12 as Nigeria’s Democracy Day.
It is not known yet the offence the SSS will tag these contributions as if and when he is charged, but it is believed that a warning is the likeliest of reprimand for the vocal senator, except the secret service has other ideas.
Further investigation reveals that among the lot of Abaribe’s sins against the Buhari administration is audacity with which he stood surety for Mr. Nnamdi Kanu during his travails.
It would be recalled that Abaribe provided some of the requirements that helped to secure Nnamdi Kanu’s release.
Kanu has been missing since September 2017 when the Federal Government stormed his country home in Abia State as part of the Operation Python Dance exercise.