The Murderers of Olaitan Oyerinde Must be Brought to Justice
The Barbaric Turn of Edo Politics Must be Halted
The Joint Action Front (JAF) condemns the gruesome murder of Comrade Olaitan Oyerinde, the Principal Private Secretary to Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State.
We commiserate with his family, the Edo State Government, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the entire Nigerian labour movement. Until his politically motivated assassination, Comrade Olaitan who was on leave of absence in the Governor Adams Oshiomhole’s administration in Edo State was the Deputy General Secretary of the NLC.
Comrade Olaitan lived a life of struggle for the emancipation of the Nigerian masses right from his student days at the University of Lagos and in the glorious era of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS). Before joining the NLC, he was an Assistant General Secretary of the Iron and Steel Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ISSSAN) and he participated in several popular struggle under the platform of Labour and Civil Society Coalition (LASCO).
JAF strongly holds that the murder of Olaitan Oyerinde as a clear case of political assassination, which all those who cherish a humane society free from poverty, disease and illiteracy, must condemn.
JAF therefore demand that Federal Government of Nigeria, which has the responsibility for the security of life of every citizen, should track down the murderers. Government cannot convince Nigerians that it has any modicum of commitment to democratic politics so long as the murderers are not brought to justice. Edo state politics have taken an unacceptable barbaric turn which must be halted, and political violence, which is now a weapon in the hands ruling class politicians, must stop.
JAF notes that the murder of Olaitan in his bedroom came a few days after a truck had rammed into the convoy of Edo State Governor – Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and left three journalists on the press crew of the governor dead. Also recently, gunmen visited the residence of the State Commissioner for Information who was fortunate not to be around.
The descent into a state of barbarism and anarchy in Edo state is a product of insatiable greed and absolute lack of democratic values. Nigerians should always beware of, and reject exploiters masquerading as democrats. They do not respect the wishes of workers and other oppressed and can only force themselves on the people. The only way to end political barbarism is for the working people to organize and lead the struggle to end oppression and exploitation in Nigeria. This is the best way to sustain the memory of Olaitan Oyerinde and other victims of political barbarism perpetrated by Nigeria’s ruling class.
Dr. Oladipo Fashina Comrade Abiodun Aremu
JAF Chairperson JAF Secretary