(Senate Minority Leader)
Nigerian Senator, Enyinnaya Harcourt Abaribe was born today, March 1, 1955, in Aba, Abia state.
The now 64-year-old Senator got his WASSCE from Government College Umuahia in 1974.
He went on to the University of Benin, where he received a bachelor’s degree economics in 1979 and a master’s degree in economics in 1982.
Abaribe was elected to the Senate in 2007 and has been representing Abia South Senatorial District till date.
He is the Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Inter-Parliamentary Affairs. He is also a member of the Committees on the Independent National Electoral Commission, Senate Services, and Works.
Before 2007, Senator Abaribe was Abia State’s Deputy Governor from May 29, 1999, after Orji Uzor Kalu’s 1999 election to the Governorship until he resigned in March 7, 2003 – before the third attempt to impeach him became a reality.
Senator Abaribe recently stirred a national controversy when he called for the resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari over unprecedented upsurge in insecurity across the country.
According to him, “We did not vote the IG of police, we did not vote the Chief of Staff, or other security chiefs, we voted the government of APC in 2015 and re-elected them in 2019 because they told us they have the key to security.
“Today, the APC government has failed because people are being killed anyhow. If you want to deal with a matter, you first go to the head.
“We can go to the APC government and ask this government to resign. “And we want to tell the government that if it does not resign, we shall have no option than to go with stones to pursue it.”
When the Presidency replied Senator Abaribe he gave them what appears to simple but deep response.
His words: “The Igbo man doesn’t kneel for anybody except his Chi”. ‘Chi’ is an Igbo word for ‘a god’.
Senator Abaribe holds the title Nwadiohanma Ngwa.