ABUJA – The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), has joined other labour unions in the country and well meaning Nigerians, to condemn the demolition of physically challenged music maestro, Yinka Aiyefele’s Music House in Ibadan by the Ajimobi-led Oyo State government, calling it audacious affront to Nigeria judicial system.
In a statement addressed to NEWSFLAGSHIP on Thursday and signed by the president, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, it said the demolition of Yinka Ayefele’s Music House in Ibadan by the Ajimobi is indeed inhuman and abuse of power, no matter the volume of offence.
The NLC President said, the conduct of the Oyo State Government represents an audacious affront to the Court that gave a restraining order and an assault on public morality.
It reads: “We believe the government acted maliciously, premeditatively, and with clear intent to cause grievous injury and hurt, the motive of which it is yet to make public.
“Smarting from the round condemnation of the state’s criminal conduct, the Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi in a remorseless outburst gloated that curses placed on him in respect of this matter would not affect him.
“We consider this as another level of impunity and pettiness unbecoming of a Governor and a clear demonstration of lack of capacity to manage public outrage. He should bury his head in shame.
“In our view, the Yinka Ayefele building, other than providing multiple sources of livelihood to many, represented a strong message to our youth that disability is not a barrier to industry or self-actualisation.
“It is a shame that the government is killing this dream in a state with a reputation for individual industry and commerce”.
The labour leader opined that, he hope and pray Governor Ajimobi experiences a rebirth, rediscovers his humanity as well as reconnects with his people in service and humility instead of opening a new war front every other day.
NLC therefore, called on the Oyo state government to tender an unreserved apology to Mr. Yinka Ayefele and compensate him for his losses as well as promise to be of good behaviour to its citizens, calling on the court to act appropriately against the state government to protect it’s authority as well as reassure the citizenry that truly no one is above the law.
“We similarly call on the court entertaining this matter to act appropriately against the Oyo State Government for its willful disobedience to its clear and unambiguous order.
“The court needs to do this to protect it’s authority as well as reassure the citizenry that truly no one is above the law”, Ayuba Wabba further stressed.