From Emmanuel Oluyemi, Ilorin
The Kwara State government has condemned the attack on dignitaries at
the Ilorin Eid prayer ground during Thursday’s Eid-el-Kabir celebrations, saying it is absurd, barbaric and un-Islamic.
In a statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Abdulwahaab Oba, the government said it heard of plans by some aggrieved politicians in collaboration with some of the local government employees and teachers to protest arrears of salaries owned them by their various local government authorities.
“As a result of this”, according to the statement, “government quickly went out of its way to negotiate and secure bank loans to offset the arrears pending the time when the Federal Government bailout will be released as a result of which the concerned workers promptly received their salaries as directed by the state governor.
“Government therefore wonders for what purpose and to whom the attack on Thursday was directed since majority of state and local government workers, including primary school teachers, have received their salaries.”
The state government said those that are yet to receive their salaries will do so by next Monday as Thursday and Friday are public holidays.
The statement urged politicians not to turn the state of harmony into another state of violence, urging the police to bring to justice without delay to those already apprehended while imploring the people to mark the Eid-el-Kabir holidays peacefully and with prayers for the quick resolution of the challenges facing the nation’s economy.