NLC Condemns Grounding Of Oshiomhole’s Aircraft In Benin

NLC Condemns Grounding Of Oshiomhole’s Aircraft In Benin

The Nigeria Labour Congress has condemned “in strong terms the unjustifiable delay, frustration and eventual grounding by aviation authorities in Benin,” a helicopter billed to convey the governor of Edo State Comrade Adams Oshiomhole out of the state for an event in Anambra State.

President of the NLC Comrade Abdulwahed Omar in a press statement cautioned government institutions against being used by politicians and said “all too often in recent times, federal institutions have been willing tools in the hands of vindictive politicians or appointees out to settle scores.

“The first victim was the governor of Rivers State, Mr Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi whose plane still remains grounded in order to teach him a lesson for insisting on and indeed contesting for the chairmanship of Nigeria's Governors Forum.

“In spite of spirited efforts at official explanations which normally come as afterthoughts, not a few believe these are acts executed at the behest of or to please the Presidency. Interestingly, the presidency has done little to disguise its interest.

“Congress is dismayed by this familiar but reprehensible style of dealing with governors with dissenting views. We find these tactics crude, cheap and barbaric, and a throw-back to the days of military dictatorship which we are better off without.”

While urging caution on the part of all stakeholders, Omar said democracy without alternative viewpoints is not democracy.


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