- The Ohaneze youth wing condemned the arrest of Ifeanyi Ubah
- The group claimed Igbos are being persecuted by the federal government
- They claimed the treatment of Igbos is not healthy for democracy
The Ohaneze Ndigbo has condemned the arrest and detention of Ifeanyi Ubah by operatives of the Department of State Service, describing it as persecution.
Ubah was apprehended by DSS operatives for corruption-related issues and his arrest has sparked outrage in the south east.
Daily Post reports that the Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC) lamented the arrest of Ubah, describing it as a witch-hunt against Igbo people and called on the DSS to immediately release him.
The group said: “We yet again condemn this endless clamp down on Igbo sons and daughters by federal government agencies.
“It has now become a tradition that no week passes by without either the EFCC or the DSS coming after an Igbo son or daughter.
“It is a sad commentary considering that these persons are always detained for a prolonged period than permitted by law. We condemn a situation where people are detained before investigations are carried out on the issues leading to their arrest.
“To this end, we demand the immediate release of Chief Ifeanyi Ubah. If the DSS is sure he has committed any offence he should be charged to a court of competent jurisdiction.
“We say enough to the persecution of Ndigbo in this country. This idea of silencing every opposing voice will not augur well for our democracy”
In the latter part of the statement, the group congratulated Ike Ekweremadu, the deputy Senate president, on his 55th birthday.
“He has demonstrated a capacity as a political leader who has refused to sacrifice the interest of Ndigbo on the altar of personal gains.
“Chief Ekweremadu has remained one of the few voices that have refused to be silenced but had continued to champion the interest of Ndigbo.
“We salute him and assure him of our continuous support to him; the entire Igbo youths are solidly behind him because he has proved to be a man we can trust.”