By Godwin Ameh
Prominent Idoma citizens and media practitioners have strongly condemned the ongoing trial of immediate past minister of Interior, Comrade Abbah Moro.
Moro is currently facing various charges bordering on misappropriation of public funds and supervising the poorly handled Nigerian Immigration recruitment, which led to the death of many young Nigerians in March 2014.
In a joint press conference held in Abuja on Thursday by Network of Idoma Young Elites and the League of Idoma Editors, the groups believe that Moro’s trial was politically motivated, affirming that the so-called prosecution is no doubt a persecution.
The groups further averred that any attempt to denigrate Moro, who they believe is a pacesetter for the Idoma nation and the entire country is an attempt to disparage the Idomaland.
They expressed hope that the former minister will get justice and come out clean from the conspiracy believed to have been perpetrated by some political heavyweights.
Addressing newsmen, Comrade Yemi Itodo, President, Network of Idoma Young Elite expressed great concern regarding the turnout of event in the country, especially the on-going alleged witch-hunt of some politicians from Idoma clime; condemning politics of bitterness and exclusivity exhibited by some people perceived to be Moro’s political enemies while he headed the Interior ministry.
Throwing his weight behind the former Minister, Yemi Itodo insisted that no amount of persecution would distract Moro from continuing with the fight for the progress and development of Idomaland as well as the entire nation.
“We want to state here that Moro remains one of the strongest voices in Idoma enclave. He is a true ‘homeland defender’ and the mirror of our land. We Idoma youths condemn his persecution by some political enemies who are bent on denting his hard-earned image and reputation.
“We strongly believe that Moro has committed no crime in this regard. This is a man whose interest was to create employment for our abled youth amidst unemployment that has taken toll on the country.
“This is a man who had no bad intention but to have all unemployed Nigerians participated in the ill fated NIS recruitment examination.
“It has also come to our knowledge that some cabals are strategizing to smuggle another charge into the already established suit. This is not unconnected to the fact that they have come to terms with the reality that the allegations levelled against the people’s advocate are not only baseless, but also fictitious; hence the reason for smuggling another count charge.
“This is a man who thought that with his good intentions, he would be commended at the end, but what does he get today; persecution, witch-hunt and insults.
“As far as we are concerned, Moro has already handed over to the new minister, therefore, persecuting him over his good intentions while in office makes no sense,” Itodo added.
Adding his voice to the development, Ali Adoyi, President of Idoma League of Editors condemned outrightly Moro’s ongoing trial, stating that, should such continues, Idoma Young Elites and Editors will collaborate in what would be termed Martin Luther King-like protest to bring the Federal Government to its kneel in order to hands off the case.
“We are here to ask why Moro should be tried after having handed over to the current minister?
“Why was the handover note accepted by the new regime without Moro being properly investigated and prosecuted? The ill fated recruitment exercise was approved by the Federal Government and Comrade Moro was just unlucky to have presided over the Interior Minister as at then.
“Could such action be termed an afterthought? In all stampedes that have happened in the past and in recent times, why is the NIS’ case a special one? How many of the stampedes have we investigated so far and what has been the outcome? Is NIS’ recruitment Abba Moro’s recruitment? Did the federal government approve the recruitment and all its accompanied processes? If the answers are in affirmation, then one wonders why Moro’s good intention eventually earned him prosecution.
“One thing we must get straight in all these, Comrade Abba Moro has paid the golden price for the Nigerian Youths, no matter how we may look at it. Before now, every formation of Federal Government used to charge as much as N3, 500 for recruitment form or online recruitment process.
“Today, Police andother agencies are recruiting without charging for the form. This is what many Nigerians have refused to observe”.
The groups also called on the EFCC and other security agents prosecuting the case to tread the path of honour and sincerity and look at the case from another perspective; else they will conclude that the prosecution is an orchestrated attempt to forever wipe out prominent Idoma politicians from the nation’s political arena.
Oriri Peter is a blogger, an online media expert, an entrepreneur. Founder of Penessaj Communication, He is politically motivated, He has participated in various political campaign platforms, He is also an event planer/social media mobilizer, a social analyst and a strategic thinker. Studied Sociology from Benue State University Makurdi. He is so passionate about the ordinary Nigeria.