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‘I’m actually his first born’ – Osinbajo speaks on late Bola Ajibola



By Yetunde Fatungase

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Sunday paid glowing tributes to former Nigerian Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Prince Bola Ajibola who died midnight Saturday.

The Vice President worked as special adviser to Prince Ajibola when he was the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation.

Speaking to journalists after attending the burial of the late international jurist in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State, Osinbajo said his personal interaction with him, as his Special Adviser, would be indelible in his heart.

He said he was so close to the late Minister that he was regarded as his first son.

“I am sad that he is no more. As Segun, his first born has said, I am actually his first born. It’s a great honor that I know him and he mentored me,” the vice president said.

“Prince Bola Ajibola was someone I worked with as a Special Adviser when he was the Attorney-General of the Federation.

“One thing he demonstrated was his believe for Nigeria and that one he served in the public domain with integrity.

Also, Chief Olusegun Osoba, a former Governor of Ogun, described the late jurist as “a passionate personality whose interest in education and law cannot be rivalled”.

Osoba said that Ajibola had to sell almost all his property to set up a university, when the burden to contribute to the development of education in the country was rife.

“Ajibola was a thorough prince of Egbaland, who believes in the legacies of our forefathers.

“He invested everything he had into education and Law in Egbaland, Nigeria and the World as judge of the World Court in Hague. We will miss him,” the former Governor of Ogun said.

According to Wikipaedia, an online publication, Ajibola was a Nigerian jurist.

He was the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice of Nigeria from 1985 to 1991 and a Judge of the International Court of Justice from 1991 to 1994.

Ajibola was the President of the Nigerian Bar Association from 1984 to 1985.


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