How We Foiled Saraki’s Plot- Adams Oshiomhole

The new All Progressives Congress (APC) Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, comes into the saddle at a time when the party is in crises. This was why TheNEWS team, made up of Ademola Adegbamigbe, Ayorinde …

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How We Foiled Saraki’s Plot- Adams Oshiomhole

The new All Progressives Congress (APC) Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, comes into the saddle at a time when the party is in crises. This was why TheNEWS team, made up of Ademola Adegbamigbe, Ayorinde …

Source: How We Foiled Saraki’s Plot- Adams Oshiomhole

How to clap for Buhari, Kemi, Amaechi and Ngige – Reno — Akahi News

At last, Kemi Adeosun, Muhammadu Buhari’s cockney accented Minister of Finance has finally resigned. Kemi claims she did not know her National Youth Service Corps exemption certificate was forged and I believe her. I read her letter and it made sense. I believe she is an unfortunate victim of circumstances. Ordinarily, I would have called […]

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EULOGIZING MIKE OZEKHOME (SAN). (Foremost Human Rights Advocate).

I cannot but acknowledge and submit to the fact that to whom honor is due, honor must be given.                                                                                                                                  Chief Mike Ozekhome deserves our honor and respect for standing up to defend and uphold the rights of those who have become very obnoxious to his professional colleagues due to their alleged infractions against Nigeria and Nigerians, whom they denied their non justice-able fundamental human rights while in positions of trust and authority.

I can also feel his pain, and do sympathize with him for the frequent harassment cum embarrassment, he has to endure as a result of his principled stand to defend this set of people, in whom we reposed so much confidence as Nigerians, mandating them to oversee our affairs.

While fishing for authentic information, as in a memoir or biography, concerning what drives this erudite lawyer to do what he is doing – I strongly belief that something sublime, and probably patriotic, must be responsible for this driving force and conviction we are seeing – I discovered I have certain things in common with him, which should influence me in this piece about Mike Ozekhome, and I am not going to ignore these ‘weighty’ facts in this series.

Hence, I have decided to change my style of writing, moderating my remarks, purely in the spirit of es-prit-de-corps.

For starters, we are both born in the same year.                                                                  Yes, I agree with you, Mike, that may not amount to much, but the second connection I just cannot ignore.                                                                                                  We are both ex-Ifes, and if you attended that University, you will agree with me that the bond it fosters among us is really strong.

Lastly, we both attended this university almost at the same time, when students in this citadel of learning were proud to be in the forefront of the fight to re-enact a new and better Nigeria in those dark days of military dictatorship, and we paid dearly for it, some of us with their life, while majority of us, through forceful closures of the university, lost valuable times for lectures and intensive study before our examinations, but these sacrifices most of us didn’t really mind.

But I’m afraid that’s how far the similarities can go between me and Chief Mike Ozekhome.                                                                                                                                            I also believe that both of us, being ex-Ife veteran soldiers, so to say, having being trained at that auspicious time, are driven to do what we are presently doing for different reasons.

In the last 40 years of my living in this country, especially between 1999 and 2015, the prevailing environment had been so debilitating and hampering to progress that it never crossed my mind, while leaving the four walls of that university that I will be subjected to such conditions.

After undergoing all the toughening and torturing of passing through Unife, ostensibly in preparation for my destination, which I must agree had resulted in excellence and scholarship in our careers, a trait that has been so glaring in the many appearances on TV, writings and public discourse of Mike Ozekhome as a lawyer, I didn’t expect myself to be so subdued and overwhelmed by the toxicity of the Nigerian environment in which I found myself.

But my own experience in those grueling years has pitched me and Ozekhome at the opposite side of the divide. While Mike has chosen to fight for the rich and powerful who betrayed our trust and got themselves and Ozekhome so rich, I have chosen to use my take-away in bringing into being those non-justice-able rights of the majority who have been suffering in silence all these years.

While the likes of Mike Ozekhome, his looter-clients and friends had trampled upon our rights, denying us all these years those rights we have now discovered to be feasible under the Buhari administration, but which due to their greed and wickedness had been denied us, refusing to learn from the Patriarch Job in the Bible, after losing all he had slaved for in one day, declaring that “naked I come into this world and naked I will return”, I choose to return to the trenches, so to say, to stand and fight for what I believe in.

Reinforcing this same position many centuries later, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, asked his Jewish listeners in one of his many teachings, recorded in the Bible the pertinent question “What shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his soul?”

Hence, in the course of this series, I will be taking a conciliatory stance in my writings about Ozekhome.                                                                                                              I will be appealing to his conscience, trying to persuade him in the language he understands most, to discontinue his defense of those thieves, by reconsidering his stand in his pursuit of championing the rights of those enemies of our country, whose cases he has been winning.

I will be making pleas to him to employ his God-given talent – which I make bold to say is being deployed in the wrong direction to harm our country – to join me in fighting for the wellbeing of the majority who are victims of his stinking rich clients.

Yes, Mike Ozekhome is a human right lawyer in the mould of Chief Gani Fawehinmi, Dr Beko Ransome-Kuti, Femi Falana, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, and my humble self, to mention but a few. But what distinguishes us from Mike Ozekhome is that we are deploying our resources to promote, fight and defend the rights of the majority, in the process of which some of us may have made some money, for which we are grateful to God.

Though the subterranean motivational force in this task is not to make money but to serve our country as patriots, but Mike Ozekhome and others on the other side, serving the interest of the few who betrayed our trust by using their wisdom from God to shield rogues from justice, consequently ensuring that they escape their deserved sentence of going to jail are motivated by greed, avarice and selfishness.

Put glibly and succinctly, they are soldiers of fortune, mercenary soldiers who are driven by the filthy luster of making money from these rogues. That yarn they always dish out about an accused being a saint until proven guilty is a ploy that is sitting with no one. A blatant lie in this case, because we all are witnesses to the horrendous damage corruption has done to our country and people.

While Mike Ozekhome has accumulated stupendous wealth from these crooks, he and his likes have fallen out of favor with the majority of our people, who dared to call him, to his face “ole! ole! ole!” meaning “thief! thief! thief!” when he sued an appearance at the Gani Fawehinmi lecture series, recently held to extol this indefatigable fighter for the peoples right and emancipation, and I daresay, this reaction has always trailed his many public appearances where the masses are gathered.

Yes, I know you may say ”who cares”, but a sage once said and I quote “when you truly don’t care about what anyone else thinks of you, you have reached a dangerously awesome level of freedom”.                                                                              Solomon, the wisest man who ever passed through our planet – apart from God Himself, manifesting in human form in Jesus Christ – advised that good name should be chosen and exalted far above gold.

Do you know why you should reconsider your stance and heed this counsel? Because everything, yes everything you have labored for here will be left behind, only your good name will outlive you, albeit briefly, that too will soon be forgotten with the passage of time.

But most importantly, we are made aware again from the Bible that there is a place called HEAVEN, where those who have served God and man meritoriously with their talents and wisdom will be rewarded with living with Him forever in bliss.                                                                                                                                                    That coming from our Lord, Jesus Christ, should be taken seriously and embraced, because He alone has descended from heaven to our planet, and I daresay that wise men, among which are Mike Ozekhome, should prioritize eternal rest in heaven over earthly accumulation of wealth.

“COURT! THIS COURT IS NOW IN SESSION. JUSTICE MIKE OZEKHOME IS PRESIDING AT COURT ROOM 225”.

So announced the court clerk, and all rose to their feet.

Case before the Honorable Justice Mike Ozekhome is read out loudly, with the accused and their counsels, along with the prosecuting lawyers all announcing their appearances, ready to proceed with the business of the day.                             The court clerk read out loudly the case before the Honorable Justice.

The accused are looters of our treasury, dragged to court by Nigerians who lost their loved ones in ghastly motor accidents along the Benin/Ore road, due to poor maintenance of this road.                                                                                                                The people are accusing FERMA and the federal government of negligence.

Shortly after the accused had taken their pleas, which was recorded as “Not Guilty,” the lawyer to the accused, to the consternation of all present stood up to assert that this case cannot be decided fairly under the Honorable Justice Mike Ozekhome.                                                                                                                                          Before we could fathom what was happening, he alleged that the Honorable Justice Mike Ozekhome had lost a son on this road before – an undergraduate of the University of Benin. This is a re-awakening of an old, healed wound.

The back and forth arguments were quite revealing and amusing, finally the prosecution commences because the accused lawyer could not prove beyond reasonable doubt that the Honorable Justice’ son had been lost when the road was newly constructed, which became a race-track then for carefree motorists, or when the road had become dilapidated.

Honorable Justice Ozekhome knows deep down in his heart that what happened to his son can be proved either way by a lawyer of exceptional skill and prowess like him, which would have resulted in his disengaging himself from this case, but he decided to stay on, hoping for a strong ground to revenge the death of his son.

LAST- LINE: DISCIPLINE IS CHOOSING BETWEEN WHAT YOU WANT NOW AND WHAT YOU WANT MOST – ABRAHAM LINCOLN.

To be continued.

Abayomi Bamigboye.                                                                                                                    September 13, 2018.                                                                                                                            pics 1

Lagos, Nigeria.