The Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Festus Keyamo SAN, urged the Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress not to politicize the abuse allegations against NLC President Joe Ajeroh.
He warned that doing so could potentially lead to the downfall of the labor movement in the nation.
Keyamo emphasized that there was no association between the Aviation Ministry and the reported mistreatment of Joe Ajeroh by security personnel.
The “aviation sector should not be involved in the protest,” stated Keyamo, speaking at the beginning of a retreat for the Honourable Minister, Permanent Secretary, Directors, and Head of Agencies of the Aviation Ministry, held in Effurun, Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta State.
Keyamo said, “Their retaliation is aviation. So, please, I want to tell them to leave us alone. Leave aviation alone. You cannot target Aviation in trying to address your grievances.”
He acknowledged that the protest disrupted both foreign visitors and citizens going about their regular activities, as the protesters blocked the access road to the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport.
However, Keyamo condemned the alleged mistreatment of Joe Ajeroh, stating that no one should be subjected to physical abuse in the country.
“I condemn what happened to my friend, Ajeroh. Nobody should get fisticuffs. But in the same breath, they should not find themselves in the realm of politics,” he said.