Ogbonnia believes the insecurity has lingered for this long because of stark hypocrisy within the political class.
According to him, Buhari must know that the political responsibility of a good opposition leader is to persistently notify the public of the failures of government, the way Senator Enyinnaya had done.
He added that Buhari simply needed to give a rational reply to his advice, not go tribalistic with his response.
His words, “The most rational response, of course, could have been to explain the specific measures being undertaken by the government to address the problem of insecurity and the readiness to embrace alternative ideas.
“Or, Buhari could have maintained a level of political equipoise by countering with the cliché that the problem did not begin with the current ruling APC; and nothing stopped the president from being more direct by reminding that Abaribe might have been awol all along in the 7th Senate when his People’s Democratic Party, PDP, embezzled a whopping $2.1 billion meant for the procurement of arms to fight Boko Haram at a time the insurgency was still at its infancy.
“Buhari did none of that. The presidency chose to evoke Biafra, clinging on Buhari’s long-standing emotional myopia which assumes that any protest against injustice somehow poses more danger than Boko Haram and Fulani Herdsmen terrorism put together.”
“But none of these instances makes Enyinnaya Abaribe a criminal nor has anything to do with the rising insecurity in the country.
“Invoking Biafra was basically a tribal dog whistle to diffuse and trivialize Abaribe’s timely attention on security as the typical Igbo palaver.”
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