NLC Seeks Justice For Ayefele Over Demolition Of His Music House
The Nigeria Labour Congress [NLC] has condemned the Oyo State Government for the demolition of Music House belonging to the physically challenged music maestro, Yinka Ayefele.
NLC stated this in a press statement issued by the union President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba.
Comrade Wabba said that the action is “malicious and contemptuous”.
He said that “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”.
Wabba stated that the level of impunity exhibited by the state government is not acceptable and cannot be tolerated in any civilised society.
His statement is premised on the belief that “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”.
He said: “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.
“We 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!”
Recounting that Ayefele’s building provides multiple sources of livelihood to many, he noted that it “represented a strong message to our youth that disability is not a barrier to industry or self-actualisation”.
Speaking further, he added: “It is a shame that the government is killing this dream in a state with a reputation for individual industry and commerce.”
He, therefore, called on the government “to tender an unreserved apology to Mr Yinka Ayefele, compensate him for his losses as well as promise to be of good behaviour to its citizens!
He also called on the court entertaining the matter to act appropriately against the Oyo State Government for its willful disobedience to its clear and unambiguous order.
In his words: “The court needs to do this to protect its authority as well as reassure the citizenry that truly no one is above the law.”