A group known as the Igbo Youths for Equity, has said the arrest of Owelle Rochas Okorocha, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is an insult and affront to the Igbos.
They described the EFCC as a tool used for political witch-hunts.
The statement was made by the spokesperson of the group, Captain Izundu Marcel, he said they are worried over “attempts by some highly placed politicians from outside Igboland to frustrate the Igbo presidency agenda.”
He then said the Igbos will not stay silent while some will continue to “single out our key leaders for humiliation”.
According to the group, “We are concerned that over the last two years, there seems to have been deliberate attempts by a group of political hawks from outside Igboland to humiliate and demoralize key leaders from Igboland whom they consider as threats to their ambition to continue denying the Igbos their right to produce the next President of Nigeria in 2023”.
The group then said Okorocha “remains one of the most formidable politicians from the Southeast at the moment and that he might have been singled out for humiliation and attacks because of alleged 2023 conspiracies”.
“We have noted with dismay, deliberate efforts to neutralize some of Igbo’s biggest shots before the 2023 general elections. Last time, it was former governor Orji Uzor Kali who was unjustly sent to prison by the same EFCC before the Supreme Court came to his rescue, today, it is Owelle Rochas Okorocha”.
“We know that other Igbo leaders have been placed on a hit list for political elimination and we warn that Igbo youths cannot continue to watch idly while our leaders are used as scapegoats for the endemic corruption that has eaten into the fabrics of our public governance while the main culprits are allowed to continue walking free because they are not Igbos. This affront on Igbos must stop”.
The former governor still remains at the EFCC corporate headquarters in Abuja.