Last week, Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State apologized for the attack on the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Joe Ajaero. This incident happened when workers were protesting unpaid salaries and suspected political thugs brutally assaulted the NLC president.
The NLC and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) had declared a strike in Imo State, which led to the suspension of all flights to the state. This strike was happening because the workers were not getting paid, and it coincided with the upcoming gubernatorial election preparations.
During an interview on Channels TV’s Politics Today, Governor Uzodinma expressed regret and apologized for the mistreatment of the NLC president. Initially, he had criticized Ajaero for entering the state, but he now realized his mistake and wanted to make amends.
The governor said, “I didn’t know that the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) was in my state. At first, I condemned the action, but I want to apologize because it happened in my state. I don’t want anyone to go through what Joe Ajaero experienced. As a Christian, I cannot support violence and would never advocate for it.”
He also hoped that Ajaero would handle matters in a more civilized manner in the future. The governor emphasized that it would have been better if Ajaero had approached him directly with the allegations instead of taking to the streets.
As a result of the assault, the NLC directed aviation unions to boycott the Imo airport, and they also declared Governor Uzodinma persona non-grata.
It is important for leaders to take responsibility for the actions that happen in their states and work towards resolving conflicts peacefully. Violence should never be the answer, and communication is key to finding solutions.