From The Archives By RAZAQ BAMIDELE
It will be exactly one year tomorrow when we lost this gem. This indefatigable Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), bade us untimely good bye. Our uncle-dear uncle, just walked out of our life without prior notice, thereby leaving us wondering and bewildered.
Just like yesterday, the vocally articulate political warrior took a stroll out of this sinful world which he once bestrode like a colossus which he was actually.
He left a lot of us behind as political orphans searching for solace. We have been deprived of his scholarly brilliance, his legal ingenuity, his political acumen and his superlative oratory prowess.
Oh God, how come we lost this super human orator, incomparable husband, a father in millions, universally renowned democrat, unequalled achiever and sound intellectual at a time his intelligence and political experience are most needed? Een, why at this point in time?!
The mighty elephant just decided last year to sleep like a mountainous hill never to wake up again! The elephant slumped and could not rise again. Oh, Pa Ige, Ige, ah, James Ajibola Ige!
Your very good friend, Mathew Okikiolakankaye Olusegun Obasanjo, whose government you served diligently and meritoriously is still wondering what really befell him. He can’t still understand what happened. His stabbed heart is still bleeding profusely while his eyes still shed tears involuntarily.
All your political sons, from Adebisi Akande, Lam Adesina, Peter Adeyemo, Niyi Owolade, Bola Tinubu and Iyiola Oladokun among others, to your close admirers like Mojisoluwa Akinfenwa, Olusegun Osoba, Ganiyu Dawodu and others are still in dilemma as per what had really happened.
Lamentably however, your killers, your real killers are yet to be identified just as the motive behind the dastardly act is yet to be known.
Lest I forget, after your departure last year Sir, several other distinguished Nigerians have been dispatched in dastardly manner to join you over there. The National Vice Chairman of the United Nigerian Peoples Party, UNPP, (North West) Alhaji Isyaku Ibrahim was gunned down in cold blood in his Kano residence.
Alhaji Yaman Pategi, the former Kwara State Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, suffered the same fate. Another legal luminary, Barrister Barnaba Igwe was also gunned down in Onitsha.
Igwe’s case was a bit more pathetic as his pregnant wife was not spared in the criminal act. And that is how the Anambra State Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), was forced to end his life on a very sad note!
An Ogun State gubernatorial aspirant on the platform of the PDP, Barrister Ayodele Arojo was also trailed and killed by unknown assailants.
His killers, who rode on motor cycle levelled up with his car on the street that led to his Egbeda (Lagos) residence and shot him before disappearing into the thin air.
Your political son, Lamidi Majiyagbe Onaolapo Adesina, with whom you spent some weeks in gaol for being unbowed democrats, has been raising alarm in recent time over alleged attempts on his life.
He told the world the alleged plan to eliminate him just like they did to you for reasons best known to the alleged planners of the evil act.
Another two sons of yours, Barrister Niyi Owolade, Osun State Honourable Commissioner for Works and Transport and his Water Resources counterparts Hon Bisi Alamu were a bit lucky recently when suspected assailants trailed their cars, in fact the list is endless.
Uncle, at the time of writing this piece, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC of Dr Abel Guobadia has increased the number of registered political parties to 30.
The ocean is now wide enough to accommodate all the swimming fishes.
Hope I am not bothering you too much, I just feel like going on and on informing you about a lot of water that has passed under the bridge since your departure.
Before I hang my pen, I would like you to say us well to Papa Obafemi Awolowo, Papa Michael Adekunle Ajasin and Pa Solanke Onasanya.
The leader of Yoruba, Pa Abraham Aderibigbe Adesanya, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, Pa Olaniwun Ajayi and others are effectively holding forth behind you.
Uncle, please, do not eat millipede, do not earth earthworms, but partake very well in other heavenly delicacies being served by the angels to good people like you.
This piece was first published in The Monitor of Sunday, December 22, 2002 under the Candid Musing Column
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