By Tony Edike
ENUGU—Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, South East zone, Bishop Emmanuel Chukwuma, yesterday, condemned in strong terms the recent attack launched against Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah, Managing Director of Capital Oil and Gas Industry Limited by the Presidential Committee on Fuel Subsidy.
He said the development had again exposed the injustice against Ndigbo and their economic interest.
Calling on the Federal Government to dissolve the Presidential Committee headed by Aig-Imoukhuede, which he accused of being biased, having engaged in what he called “selective negligence,” Chukwuma, who is Anglican Bishop of Enugu Diocese, said available evidence had shown that “there is an act of intimidation and attempt to ruin the business of Ifeanyi Ubah.”
The CAN chairman, who also frowned on the refusal of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Alome Mukthar to swear in Justice Ifeoma Jombo-Ofo as Justice of the Court of Appeal and the ongoing conflict among leaders of All Progressives Grand Alliance, asked all Igbo at home and in Diaspora to rise up and save Ndigbo from “selective negligence, wickedness and attempts by some people to portray Igbo in bad light.
Noting that Ubah and his company had provided job opportunities to over 3,000 persons and made available petroleum products, particularly Kerosene and petrol, to the public, especially at the grassroots level, Bishop Chukwuma said Ubah had the potential of helping to alleviate the suffering of Nigerians during the festive period by ensuring adequate supply of petroleum products.
“All we are saying is that they should leave Ifeanyi Ubah alone. There is a lot of intimidation and injustice going on against him. The Federal Government should urgently intervene and ensure that Ubah, who has contributed so much to the petroleum sector, should please enjoy his peace. If there is any problem they have let them resolve it rather than public maligning, intimidation and destruction of character always targeted at Igbos,” he said.
“From my own personal investigation, this man (Ubah) has no case to answer. It is a matter of injustice and intimidation against him, which we don’t want. This was how Ibeto was almost strangulated as an Igbo businessman because they wanted to protect another man’s interest who was in cement business,” the Bishop added.