By: Okunade Adekunle
Following the call for the removal of the Sole Administrator of Oriade Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Hon. Habeeb Aileru, by the members of the Lagos State House of Assembly over an alleged misappropriation of council funds, Some youths from the LCDA, on Wednesday, stormed the Assembly complex with placards protesting against the call for the removal.
It will be pertinent to note that on Monday at plenary seession, the lawmakers frowned at the council boss’ disobedience to local council laws and flagrant disregard of the governor’s directives.
This followed a complaint and motion by the Chairman, House Committee on Public Accounts (Local), Hon. Bisi Yusuff about series of financial recklessness of Aileru in the council and which was seconded by Hon Richard Kasunmu, the Chairman, House Committee on Youths and Social Development.
Yusuff stressed that the recklessness was discovered in the state Auditor-General report the committee was currently working on.
The youths, who were led by the President of Progressive Youth Initiative, Dayo Soyoye, chanted solidarity songs to call for attention from the lawmakers which at the end nobody came out to address them.
Their placards read, “Save Oriade LCDA from political crisis,” “Justice for Hon. Habeeb Aileru,” “Ego and democratic justice don’t mix,” “Democracy is separation of powers” amongst others.
The youths said in a statement dated 12 July, 2017, which was addressed to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and signed by Soyoye that Aileru was not given a fair hearing by the lawmakers.
The statement is entitled; “Illegal sacking of Oriade Local Council Development Area Sole Administrator, Hon. Habeeb Aileru: setback to the growth of democracy in Lagos State.”
The statement reads ” Following the said recommendation of suspension by the House, the manner in which the Sole Administrator was cornered, arm- twisted, molested and sacked from office without directive from his appointee calls for question, suspicious and seriously undermines law of separation of powers in the arms of government.”
The statement continued” Aileru has considerable evidences to defend himself against the allegations, which they said nobody cared to look into.
They described the development as counter- productive and dangerous to “our emerging democracy. It is also not in the interest of smooth Local Government elections transition to Oriade LCDA.”
The youth, however, called on Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to urgently ensure justice, not just for Hon. Habeeb Aileru, but for good people of Oriade LCDA.
While addressing newsmen thereafter, Soyoye explained that they came in solidarity with Aileru over the resolution of the House that he should be sacked over gross misconduct, financial recklessness.
Soyoye added: “We believe that there should be justice. This man is not destroying Oriade LCDA. We are benefitting from his activities. We have done our own research, but we will not come out to say if he is guilty or not. He is a worthy son of the area. I want to appeal to the government to give him a fair hearing. He has given a good platform to the youth.”
The youths leader concluded, “From our own angle as youths, we believe that he should be allowed to continue his good works as our chairman. We would not say he is guilty of financial recklessness, but we want the process to be fair because we smell a foul play.”