Some Northern youths, have revealed plans to mobilise members across the Northern States, for a peaceful rally at the United States of America, USA, Embassy, over the alleged US$20 million indictment of the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Air Peace, Allen Onyema, by the United States Department of Justice, raising concern and suspicion over the alleged indictment, and questioning the timing.
The youths under the aegis of the Arewa Youth Patriotic Front, in a statement, said that the Air Peace Chairman, is allegedly being framed in collaboration with some Nigerians, to undermine his business interest across Africa.
The National Coordinator of the group, Bagudu Joseph, and the Secretary, Yusuf Adamu, stated that the Air Peace Chairman is a man who believes in the unity of the country, and threatened to reveal the names of those Nigerians who are collaborating with foreign partners to tarnish the image of the Air Peace Chairman.
Joseph also said that the group has concluded plans to hold a peaceful rally at the US Embassy in Nigeria, to prove that Onyema is not guilty of the conspiracy.
“The indictment was hasty and ill-motivated, as there have been conflicting statements on the saga coming out of the United States. This sudden purported indictment of Barrister Allen Onyema, who has been doing business for decades in the US, and for many years he has never been found wanting until now, raises fundamental questions about the bad timing and the growing suspicion of many Nigerians, over the motive behind targeting our own distinguished Allen Onyema.
“Onyema has over the years built a reputation of integrity, a promoter of peace, and a hard-working man, and cannot be allowed to be dragged in the mud by a western conspiracy.”
Also, the Group’s Secretary added that though the group is never against the process of promoting transparency and accountability, “yet, we will not fold our arms and watch helplessly and hopelessly, as one of our finest is being coerced and pulled down in broad daylight”.
Adamu said: “We are putting Nigerians on notice, that Barrister Allen Onyema is been under trial for standing up in defense and unity of Nigeria. He is being blackmailed and this will not stand.
“This trial is politically motivated, and we will not allow it to stand; we have mobilised our members across the Northern States, for the peaceful rally at the US Embassy.”
Onyema was accused by the United States Department of Justice, of allegedly laundering over $20 million, from Nigeria, through United States bank accounts, in a scheme involving false documents, based on the purchase of airplanes.