When the music suddenly stops
bereavement, akin it is,
hope seems lost,
“On se omo oloku beni”
it shall surely pass
And we shall surely overcome
(Extract from “Lamentations of the underdogs” by Kayode Ajulo)
The Great Madiba has passed on.
Mandela was iconoclastic and a quintessential freedom fighter.
He was a real Lion of Africa!
All that he was and all that he did was in the superlative.
His commitment and courage in the face of injustice was awe-inspiring.
He exemplified all the goodness and the essence of the godhead; courage in the face of injustice, grace in the face of rejection, love in the face of hatred, reconciliation in the face of discord, mercy in the face of contrition, humility in the face of adulation.
He had it all. A man of honour and integrity.
The magnificence of his being was in the realm of the fabled Greek gods.
His, was a true story of legend in the mold of Zeus and Achilles.
In the twilight of his life, he still had the strength of a man and yet the spirit of a child, seeing beauty in that which he beheld.
Mother Earth, not just South Africa or even Africa has lost one of her greatest sons.
His bright light shines on.
May his great soul rest find a much deserved rest in the bossom of his Creator.
Adieu Tata Madiba Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.
A Tribute- Bamofin Kayode Ajulo
“I, as a law abiding citizen and one who has great hope for the future of this great nation, therefore, use this medium to call on the IG, the Director General of the SSS and other security agencies of government to look into the underlying messages being passed across to insurgents by these individuals particularly the recent one made by Mohammed ” ….Kayode Ajulo
A human rights activist and the Coordinator of the Egalitarian Mission Africa, Kayode Ajulo, has asked the Inspector General of Police (IG) and the Director of the State Security Service (SSS) to look into the of inciting messages being made by some individuals.
The lawyer who spoke to journalists Tuesday in Abuja, described the recent statement credited to Dr. Junaid Muhammed in which the fiery public commentator was quoted to have threatened that there would be violence should President Goodluck Jonathan insist on running for presidency in 2015, as worrisome.
Muhammed was quoted to have said “…That blood would flow on the streets of Nigeria, should President Jonathan insist on running for the presidency in 2015.
However, Ajulo said if after seven days, the security agencies fail to take necessary action against Muhammed, he will be left with no choice but to take action through the law courts aimed at putting a stop to such utterances undermining our peaceful co-existence.
“I, as a law abiding citizen and one who has great hope for the future of this great nation, therefore, use this medium to call on the IG, the Director General of the SSS and other security agencies of government to look into the underlying messages being passed across to insurgents by these individuals particularly the recent one made by Mohammed,” he said.
Ajulo said against the background of Nigeria’s foggy security situation where billions of naira and thousands of lives and property are lost in the insurgency of Boko Haram among others, any call for more bloodshed come 2015 is nothing but a coded language meant to instigate more violence.
He said security agencies must be alive to their responsibilities and should investigate people who make public threats about violence and bloodshed.
“It is on this note therefore that I make bold to say that in the event that our security agencies refuse or neglect to take necessary action within seven days of this statement I will be left with no choice than to take it upon myself to bring to an end any further action or utterances aimed at undermining our peaceful co-existence through the law courts
“I read with utmost disgust the statement in the media attributed to one Mohammed targeted at a particular set of persons to be ready for war. Mohammed on the issue of Jonathan’s re-election bid come 2015. I must state that it is becoming worrisome that in a democratic set up like ours, some persons can wake up and make utterances that threaten the unity and very existence of our great nation.
“This should be viewed very seriously by our security agencies and we must not be seen to fold our arms to such untamed and unguarded utterances. We must not forget in a hurry the aftermath of the 2011 presidential election when Alhaji Atiku Abubakar said the country will become ungovernable if Dr. Goodluck Jonathan wins that election. The dust of that post election mayhem is yet to settle.”
He said a thorough and unbiased perusal of Chapter VI of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) particularly Sections 131, 135 and 137 are to the effect that President Goodluck Jonathan is eminently qualified to run for the office of President of Nigeria.
According the activist, the issue of the re-election bid by a sitting president is something that is common in a democratic set up, adding that going through history, hardly can one find a sitting president who did not seek re-election.
“Sir Tafawa Balewa, Alhaji Shehu Shagari and lately President Olusegun Obasanjo all at a point sought for re-election, in fact one went as far as to seek a third term bid. Indeed the only African President that is known not to have sought re-election is Nelson Mandela of South Africa.
“It is my utmost view that should anyone believe he has a genuine cause or can perform better than the present President, the person should test his popularity at the polls.
“It is therefore my humble view that statements threatening war and bloodshed is an affront on the collective intelligence and well being of Nigerians and in sane climes such provocative utterances will not go unpunished or uninvestigated as same can undermine the very existence of our nascent democracy and peaceful coexistence, ” he added.
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”power, like life is transient”. Mike Akhigbe
In 1986, as the Governor of Ondo State, he drove straight into Aquinas College Akure during one of the then environmental sanitation exercises, went for my cutlass and made few strokes to show the students how to cut grasses better.
He then asked me and others some few questions and thereafter concluded that I will make a good lawyer.
I got some invitation to the Akure Government House for dinners with His Exvellency as well as joined him to play tennis.
In 1999 we became school mates at the Nigerian Law School, Bwari-Abuja. This is after he had served as Nigerian Millitary Vice-President.
While in Law School he enjoyed talking about his experiences in power and the vanity of life.
He whispered to me one night during the Law Students’ gala nite that power, like life is transient.
We were called to the Nigerian Bar in 2001 as lawyers bringing his 1986 prophesy to past.
During the discussion on President Yaradua’s Amnesty for the Niger Delta freedom fighters, I discussed with him his possibility of heading the committee after Prof. Gambari’s nomination was rejected, his response again is to the effect that “power, like life is transient”.
He has seen it all, was governors of some states, Admiral of the Navy, former Vice-President and a successful maritime arbitrator and lawyer.
A fine gentleman, a man of honour and dignity but unassuming, his was a case study of a man who having attained the pinnacle of his career as an Admiral of the Navy and with the opportunity of becoming a Vice-President still got himself enrolled as a Student at the Law School.
He was an inspirator, insightful and a good role model.
His dead at 68 years is a unfortunate shock to me. My condolence to my State, Ondo, Nigeria, his family and particularly, his lovely wife, Dr. Josephine Akhigbe.
Power and life are indeed transients. ADIEU, Sir.
- Bamofin Olukayode Ajulo,
Castle of Law, Abuja-Nigeria.
“this is the most trying time in the history of our beloved state” ….Gov Segun Mimiko
“a few weeks ago, when the news filtered in that our former governor, Dr. Olusegun Agagu had passed on, we were shocked and completely devastated
“in grief, we declared seven days of mourning and praying.
We also set up a burial planning committee to work in conjunction with the family, with a view to giving our departed former Governor a befitting state burial.
The committee which comprised top officials of our government and key family members left no stone unturned in giving the deceased a worthy burial.
In line with the burial plans, we waited anxiously to receive the corpse in Akure, when we heard the sad news that the aircraft bearing his corpse with other top government officials, some eminent Nigerians and close family members had crash-landed in Lagos shortly after takeoff.
It was shocking and very unsettling”“ It is particularly saddening that not only did this turn of events alter our original plan for the burial, it also caused us additional losses with the death of four top officials of the State and some other Nigerians who were on board the aircraft.“
The four state officials were: Barrister Deji Falae, the Honourable Commissioner for Culture and Tourism; Mr. Daji Bernard of the Government House and Protocol; Mrs. Esther Alabi, the State’s Liaison Officer in Lagos; and Deji Afolabi, a protocol officer in the Lagos Liaison Office.
Their sudden and untimely death is a colossal loss to us as a State and as a nation,””we have declared 3 Days of fasting and prayers in the state, commencing, Saturday 5th of October, 2013.”“we surely, never bargained for this.
Yet, all power and knowledge belongs to God as human wisdom and knowledge is foolishness before God” “ the souls of our fallen brothers and sisters rest in perfect peace even as we pray for God’s protection and guidance of our people in the State and in the Diaspora” – Olusegun Mimiko
..we are all bound to die and if they ever tell my story, let them say that Kayode Ajulo walked with giants. Men rise and fall like the winter wheat, but these names will never die. Let them say I lived in the time of Obafemi Awolowo, the great emancipator of his people. Let them say I lived in the time of Barrack Hussein Obama, and let them say I lived in the time of Olusegun Raham
“In his reaction, an Abuja based legal practitioner, Kayode Ajulo stated that with the sterling perfomance of the incubent CJN one is tempted to ask that she should be in the office in perpetuity, “
“But I am one of those that believe that the institutions and not individual should be strengthened, not be left to the whimps and caprices of individuals or circumstances.”
“We cannot afford to have an issue as important as retirement age of our apex court justices delibrated upon like the “Chancellor’s foot.”
“Inspite of the evident good work of the CJN and because of the right of her surbodinate justices to aspire to the highest office in their chosen career, I would oppose any extension to the tenure of the supreme court justices.“
“I would, however, want to urge the Federal Government to find, indeed to demand that our present hard working and incorruptible CJN continues to serve this Nation in one capacity or another after her retirement.”
The fact has not change and so remains impracticable to deport a citizen by birth from within. The fact is even strengthen against all governors who have carried out this illegitimacy and more so pointing an accusing fingers at the Administration of Fashola because Lagos , being a role model for other states to emulate as a former capital territory of Nigeria in terms of development and presence of many Federal characters, facilities, employee and intra-marriages. More so, Lagos state like Abuja is developed for the benefit of every Nigerian and not to the exclusion of none so the government of Lagos state ought to expect the presence of all Nigeria from different state of the Federation like in Abuja because of the federal character for which Lagos was formerly known.
The power to exercise deportation in Lagos state must be seen to satisfy two conditions as follows:
(a) first deportation must have to be across international borders and
(b) It must be by a federal agency to which such power is vested under the exclusive list.
Any action by a state governor that is carried out and falling short of this two condition is an act done in illegality and an act done in ultra-vires, see the case of ‘’SHUGABA V MINSTER OF INTERNAL AFFAIRS’’
This particular rule of illegitimate exclusion being exercised by some state governors is not such that can be exercised against a foreign visitor by a state governor because such powers are vested strictly within the ambit of the federal government.
Save and except the reverse is the case as is now being claimed after an afterthought, then a right enforceable in law may have accrued to the governor of those other states and the deportee and to which compensation is recoverable.. If we do not put an emergency stop to this, sooner than later, this may form an antecedent on local chairmen who may now rely on this illegitimacy created by this governors to exclude others from their local government.
Nitwits already have some trying to justify through the back yard, the argument that cannot be won through the front door and if I may ask like other Nigerians will like to know, please of what difference will this action carried out in utra-vires by this governor to a desire of the North or South forbidding that mosques or churches must not be cited or the others practice of worship carried out within their respective boundary? I am sure this too will be creating un-equal rights and more dividing the nation like this deportation has done by creating a counter reaction and action by other states in retaliation.
Nigerians have become wiser and so have moved far away from the era of stupidity like most of our leaders still think, Nigerians can now point, see and refuse the making or action of any kind that tends to divide them and has leaned more on strengthening the various diversity that already exist among them to create a balance of peace, tolerance and cooperation, more so was the spirit of the constitution in – S.5(3)(a)(b)(c) which states:
3) The executive powers vested in a State under subsection (2) of this section shall be so exercised as not to
(a) ) Impede or prejudice the exercise of the executive powers of the Federation
(b) Endanger any asset or investment of the Government of the Federation in that State
(c) Endanger the continuance of a Federal Government in Nigeria
Note subsection (a) and (b) … impede or prejudice and endanger the continuance of Federal Government in Nigeria like an ultra-vires act of deportation or exclusion from residence in and by any state government in Nigeria would be.
Legally, deportation must be external and across international boundaries as prescribed under part 1, second schedule number 18 of the 1999 Nigeria constitution, there is no legal authority to support the fact and impracticably possible that a citizen of a country can be deported from or within his permanent home or to alienated permanent status as to citizenship by birth .- CHAPTER 1V more particularly in S.41(1)
In Nigeria, all comprising state component and more so with ”LAGOS” being a former federal character capital and ”ABUJA” is an in alienable right of permanent residence of every Nigeria. This is further corroborated under ‘’the right to freedom of movement ‘’as entrenched in the constitution of Nigeria,’’ right against unlawful deprivation’’, ‘’freedom from inhumane treatment’’, ‘’right of association and family’’, ‘’right to equal and fair treatment, right against discrimination’’, ‘’right to employment’’, ‘’right to fair hearing and justice’’ and many more of which an illegitimate exercise of a wrong in deportation will be alarming, distress, violating, void, null and unconstitutional – PART II , S.4(2) and further see the case of ‘’SUGABA V MINISTER INTERNAL AFFAIRS for the definition of ultra vires.
Federalism was created for to foster ”state development and unity in diversity” it is never to be understood as total sovereignty of state to create a divide and rule or power to challenge federal authority, laws, policies or federal government directives to states as the constitution already made it clear that the Federal government stands supreme in every instances arising out of Federal and state conflict under the exclusive and concurrent list of powers and to which ”DEPORTATION” falls under the exclusive power of the federal government – PART I , schedule 18 and the case of Shugaba V Minister of internal affairs.
Obviously, Nigerians will always twist and shift goal posts on issues once the argument is pointing nine accusing fingers at them, as against one they are pointing at others. Now they are fraudulently and deceitfully trying through their friends and proxy to shift the argument from ‘’DEPORTATION TO REHABILTATION WHEN THE ARGUMENT SHOULD HAVE MOVEDFROM DEPORTATION TO COMPENSATION.’’ This destitute have been condemned in words and deed long before trial. Everything done was ‘’EXTRA JUDICIAL”, a decision that was taken inside the living room of a standing state governor or may be in beer parlour has reared its draconian enforcement in public causing tribal harm and divide nationally.
I wonder what difference is this decision compared to the 7 ALU and the recent case of murder in Badagry on mere suspicion and all other murders carried out EXTRA JUDICIALLY in Nigeria … INJUSTICE IS INJUSTICE NO MATTER WHAT NAME OR FORM IT IS BEING DESCRIBED OR MADE TO LOOK … GOD BLESS NIGERIA!
Kayode Ajulo and Zak BaBah.
Fashola’s action of deporting some easterners under the guise of rehabilitation or reunion has no basis in our law.
As a matter of fact it was an action begat in illegality and birthed in unconstitutionality.
Every Nigerian has a right to reside in any part of Nigeria without any molestation or harrassment whatsoever and regardless of the name of the such infringement is described.
It is a rape and or a violation of the right of the victims who never complain of missing home, or sought any reunion with their kins back home.
It is an uncontroverble fact that that most of these men and women visit home at Xmas and new year.
Pray tell me, which of Fashola’s sycophantic minions lead him into this ignoble and inexcusable infamy or in the word of Patrick Obayagbon “odourferious saga of gagatuangaga”
His defence of rehabilitation cum reunion in hollow, jejune, and a gratitious insult on our collective psyche.
I am certain he would by now have spent much more to clear the messy fallout of his precipitous action than he would have spent to “rehabilitate” these poor victims of executive intemprance and high handedness.
I would however want to appeal to our people across the country not to see it as ethnic affairs as Fashola was not acting for the Yoruba’s in his short sightedness.
Let it be known that Fashola’s influence in Yorubaland does not extend beyond his Lagos State.
It is also in the same vein I urge all commentators in this and other media to exercisr temprance in their comment and not unduly heat up the polity. @kayodeAjulo