The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Youth Patriotic Front has described the war against corruption by President Muhammadu Buhari as a witch-hunt.
A statement signed by the youth President, Comrade Danjuma Bello Sarki, and made available to Pulse.ng said the continuous detention of PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) without charging him to a court was shameful.
The youth also said the continuous incarceration of Col. Sambo Dasuki, a former National Security Adviser despite several bail granted to him by competent courts are clear confirmation of witch-hunt and clampdown on opposition leaders by the APC led government.
“It is the height of selective justice for Mr. Metuh,” the youth said adding, “to be kept in detention for several days” without been released or charged to court but Brig. Gen. Jafaru Isa, a close associate of the president, was arrested on a similar allegation only to be released eight hours later.
The group alleged that Ja’afaru Isa was released after the acting chairman of EFCC Ibrahim Magu visited President Buhari at the Presidential villa. While calling for the release of Chief Metuh and Dasuki, the PDP youth said they are not in anyway against the fight against corruption in Nigeria adding that everything must be seen to have sense of justice, fairness, equity and strict adherence to the rule of law.
“Irrespective of political party, religion or ethnicity. We frown at any attempt to have two different type of justice, one for the members of the opposition parties and the other for the members of the ruling party,” the statement said.
The youth said the conduct of President Buhari, EFCC and the State Security Services in the fight against corruption is an embarrassment to democracy. “This is a calculated attempt to silence and gag the opposition in the face of the poor leadership capabilities and ineptitude that has become the hallmark of the administration,” the youth said.