Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State has expressed regret and issued an apology for the assault on Comrade Joe Ajaero, the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), which occurred in Imo State last week.
The attack took place during a protest by workers demanding unpaid salaries.
As a result of the strike declared by the NLC and the TUC, all flights to Imo State were suspended.
Initially, the Governor had criticized the NLC president for entering the state, but he has now retracted his statements and apologized for the maltreatment on a television interview.
“I was unaware of the presence of the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in my state. My initial response was to condemn the action. I have never been at odds with the labor union.
“The incident has nothing to do with my government. Whether Joe Ajaero is the president of NLC or not, I would not wish this to happen to any individual. I must apologize because it occurred in my state.
“As a Christian who believes in God, I cannot support violence and would never advocate for it. Whatever transpired, leading to the assault on Joe Ajaero in my state, of which I was unaware, is regrettable, and both my government and I express remorse.
“Moving forward, I also hope he approaches matters in a more civilized manner. That was the essence of my point. For a native of my state to take to the streets without engaging me, without presenting the allegations to me.”
The NLC had directed aviation unions to blacklist the Imo airport and had also declared Uzodimma persona non-grata.