ABEOKUTA – Some youths in Ogun State under the aegis of Coalition of Ogun Progressive youths and students on Wednesday protested against the state government’s planned demolition of a business complex belonging to Hon. Taiwo Oludotun a loyalist to Prince Dapo Abiodun.
The group described the governor’s decision as anti-poor and anti-masses policy, saying the demolition notice and withdrawal of the business approval was for vendetta.
The group in a statement jointly signed by its convener, Adeyemi Azeez and Secretary, Idris Salami shortly after protesting at NUJ Press Centre in Abeokuta on Wednesday accused the governor of threatening perceived persons opposing his political interest in the state.
According to them, the planned demolition of the complex harbours hundreds of youths in the state as employees.
They said, if the planned demolition was carried out, many youths will be rendered jobless, thereby adding to the mass number of unemployed youths in the state.
“If at this point in time, the progressive minded citizens fails to speak, history will never forgive us, neither will posterity judge us well.
“The joint leadership of the above named bodies taught it expedient to react and register our displeasure with the pronounced executive recklessness of the governor of Ogun state,such acts have in recent times amounted to threats on democracy and freedom of rights of ogun citizens.
“We made bold to take to the streets of Abeokuta this morning to protest the anti-poor and anti-masses masses acts of senator Ibikunle Amosun, on the demolition notice and withdrawal of years back approval on the business property of Hon Taiwo oludotun. This is a business venture that had been under smooth running for over 8years.
“It will interest the general public to know, that Governor Amosun had been known to threaten any perceived persons that goes in other direction politically to the interest of Amosun.
“Hon taiwo oludotun, is a known hope of the masses,an employer of youths, a philanthropist and a kind hearted man to all and sundries.”
They therefore called on President Muhammad Buhari to urgently prevail on Governor Amosun not to truncate the hope of the masses based on selfish interests.