Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma has described the attack on the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) President, Joe Ajaero as regrettable.
Governor Uzodinma remarked during an interview on Channels TV’s Politics Today.
Recall that Ajaero was last week attacked and beaten by men suspected to be thugs in Owerri, the Imo State capital.
The NLC president was attacked when he led workers to protest unpaid salaries in the state.
The governor said, “I was not aware that the president of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) was in my state. What I did was to condemn the action. I have never had disagreement with the labour union.”
“It has nothing to do with my government. Whether Joe Ajaero is the president of NLC or not, I will not wish this to happen to any human being. Of course, I have to apologize because it happened in my state.
“I am a Christian and believe in God. I can’t support violence. I can never support violence. Whatever happened to Joe Ajaero in my state which I am not aware of that led to him being assaulted must be regretted by both my government and myself.
“Going forward I will also like him to do things in a more civilized manner. That was the point I was making. A man who is from my state to go on street without clearing me out; without bringing all the allegations before me.”
In reaction to the assault on Ajaero, the NLC directed aviation unions to blacklist Imo airport and also declared Uzodimma persona non-grata.