While speaking in an exclusive interview with BBC Yoruba , the governor of Oyo state, Abiola Ajimobi, said that being physically challenged is not an excuse to break the law.
The governor was reacting to the Oyo government latest action of pulling down Yinka Ayefele’s Music House building which also had a radio station, Fresh FM, which is very popular in Ibadan, the state capital.
The demolition of the building reportedly estimated at N800 million had sparked outrage, with many accusing the governor of not being sympathetic to the plight of the musician who was confined to a wheelchair after an accident.
Despite the widespread criticisms, Ajimobi did not see anything wrong in the action of his administration.
“Just like the house they said we demolished, that man didn’t obey the law, now. People are now saying because he’s physically challenged; so if one is physically challenged, then he should break the law?” asked Ajimobi who spoke in Yoruba.
“They said he employed people, are armed robbers not employers of labour too? Should we now say because armed robbers employ people, they should continue to rob and terrorise others? We shall pity them… But we have to obey the law.”
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Being physically-challenged doesn’t give anyone the right to break the law – Ajimobi . . Governor Ajimobi of Oyo State, has said being physically-challenged doesn’t give anyone the right to break the law. . . He said this in reaction to the backlash he got for demolishing musician Ayefele’s Music House. . . In an interview with BBC, he said: “Ayefele didn’t obey the law. People are saying he should be pardoned because he is physically challenged. . . So, does being physically-challenged give one the right to break the law? They said he employed people, but even thieves employ people. Should we say a thief should continue stealing because he employed people? . . And we warned him (Ayefele) about the building. Now that he has appealed, we will pardon him, but we must always obey the law.”