Thursday, April 28, 2016 7:54 am
In recognition of his various contributions to the political developments of the country, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos, on Wednesday, immortalized the late human rights activist and social crusader, Dr. tunji Braithwaite by naming the park at Dolphin Estate after him.
Braithwaite died on Monday, March 28 this year at St. Nicholas Hospital, Lagos at the age of 80.
Ambode disclosed the state government’s plan to immortalise the late legal luminary and a major actor in the nation’s politics at a special service of songs organised by the family at Yard 158, Oregun, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria as parts of his burial programmes.
“As a legal luminary of octopoidal stature, Dr. Braithwaite’s imprints on the legal profession are not only impressive but will continue to receive accolades even from the generations yet unborn . His legal engagements in the defence of human rights, democratic norms and practice and the general advancement of frontiers of knowledge through his cerebral work entitled the jurisprudence of the living Oracles among other intellectual pursuits , will remain with us and remain relevant in addressing various challenges in our democratic experience,” he said.
As a genuine democrat, the governor recalled that despite securing a handful of just 271,000 votes during the 1983 presidential election in which he contested for the position of the president under the defunct National Advance Party (NAP), the Late Dr. Braithwaite never gave up on the common man.
“Rather than being disappointed for being rejected at the polls by the same masses he had hoped to use the instrument of government to better their lots, Dr Braithwaite only concluded that his rejection by the masses at the polls was necessitated by the power that be which foisted political ignorance and economic exploitation on the people , hence , the inability of the citizens to appreciate his efforts with their overwhelming votes.,” he said.
Despite the loss, Ambode noted that Dr. Braithwaite was at the forefront of emancipation of the Nigerian people through out his life time.
The Governor, who promised that his administration would continue to keep hope alive on the ideals of good governance through the implementation of people oriented programme noted that his government would from time to time immortalise heroes of democracy and all those that have contributed to the growth of good governance in the state.
Ambode stated also that his bust would soon be commissioned at the park so that the memory of his great contributions to politics and struggle for a better Nigeria will linger for ever in our memory.