Aba: His Excellency, Senator Enyinnaya Harcourt Abaribe, the Minority Leader of the Nigerian Senate is slated to receive the Prestigious chieftaincy title of “Maduforo Nde Ngwa” from his Ngwa kinsmen on 27th December, 2021.
According to the invitation card sited by hoo!haa!!, Nzuko Ukwu Ahiaba la Abayi in Obingwa Local Government Area of the state was organizing a Civic reception for the workaholic and outspoken Senator at the Ahiaba National High School, Obingwa Local Government Area during which the chieftaincy conferment shall take place.
A former Senate President and illustrious son of the Ukwa Ngwa nation, Senator Adolphus Wabara shall be the chairman of the occasion.
The event is expected to be one of the biggest ones during this yuletide in terms of attendance since Abaribe is an Igbo icon and a crowd puller, any day.
His standing surety for Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the incarcerated leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) tremendously increased his street credibility and large than life image among Ndigbo.
In fact, on 10th October, 2021, Abaribe and Senator Ike Ekweremadu, CFR, PhD, the former Deputy Senate President received standing ovation from the Igbo community in South Africa during the Igbo Heritage lectures & Ugwumba Excellence Awards where both men were award recipients.
According to Ezeali Ndubueze Jonas Udeji, Onowu Ndigbo South Africa and custodian of Igbo tradition in South Africa, both men were honored by Ndigbo in South Africa due to their exceptional patriotism and defense of the Igbo cause, including their roles in securing Kanu’s bail despite all the stringent conditions, then.
Ekweremadu, it would be recalled, hosted several meetings of the South East Senate Caucus in his Apo Legislative Quarters, Abuja residence where strategies for effecting the IPOB leader’s release on bail were perfected, including the issue of Abaribe accepting to surety his bail.
Today, in the light of the great influence Biafranism and IPOB, in particular has on the Igbo electorate as exemplified in the recent Anambra Governorship Election and as well, considering that Ala-Ịgbọ and indeed Nigeria is in a state of war, rising sentiments from the streets appear to favour the governorship aspirations of Igbo leaders who have openly stood for justice regarding the Biafran struggle such as Abaribe and Ekweremadu.