Buhari, Ambode, Afenifere Mourn Braithwaite

President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with the immediate family, friends, professional colleagues and political allies of elder statesman and pro-democracy activist, Dr. Tunji Braithwaite, who passed away on Monday.
This was contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Monday by the president’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu.
The President said that the passing away of the lawyer, author and politician came at a time that his wisdom, intellectual depth, vast knowledge and experience were sorely needed by the country.
President Buhari recalled the immeasurable contributions of the late sage to the development of democracy, rule of law and human rights in Nigeria.
He, therefore, assured the late activist’s family and friends that the political history of the country would be incomplete without capturing his roles.
The President urged political leaders to emulate the virtues of the founder of the Nigerian Advance Party (NAP) during the Second Republic, who perceived politics as a platform for honest service to the nation rather than an opportunity to make money.
He noted that the elder statesman was quintessentially selfless, patriotic and committed to national development as his passion to serve the people never waned despite not winning in the presidential elections.
The President prayed that the Almighty God would grant his soul eternal rest, and comfort his loved ones.
Similarly, Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Monday expressed shock and sadness over the demise Dr Braithwaite.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Habib Aruna, Governor Ambode said Mr. Braithwaite’s demise was a great loss to both the state and the nation.
Describing the late nationalist as a detribalized individual whose example is worthy of emulation, Mr. Ambode said the late lawyer was a man of the people, a typical Nigerian who was consistent in saying things the way they are, not caring whose ox is gored.
The Governor recalled that during the military era, especially that of the late Sani Abacha administration, when politicians were afraid to come out and contest, Mr. Braithwaite dared the odds and came out to contest against the late General at the risk of his life.
“He was very consistent in fighting for what he believed was right and fair to every human regardless of their ethnic leaning or creed, he was not one to shy away from taking a position that he strongly believed in.
“He was always consistent in creating independent platforms to fight for the interest of the common man,” the Governor said.
He said as a lawyer, Mr. Braithwaite stood tall among his equals, which earned him respect not only in Nigeria, but across the globe.
“He was one of the very best of lawyers this country has ever produced; he was consistent in the struggle to see the rebirth of a new Nigeria.
“At over 80 years, he came out to protest on the streets with the likes of Professor Ben Nwabueze and other activists against the economic policies of the then Federal Government,” he said.
Governor Ambode while commiserating with the family of the late legal luminary urged them to uphold the ideals he stood and fought for, saying that the nation would continue to draw inspiration from his life and times.
“His demise, just like that of our heroes past, must never be in vain. There can be no better time to unite together to achieve a better and more prosperous Nigeria,” he said.
He said Mr. Braithwaite was a prominent Lagos citizen who paid his dues and left his footprints on the sands of time
“On behalf of the government and good people of Lagos State, I want to express our heartfelt condolence to the family of Dr. Tunji Braithwaite on this great and irreparable loss. He was a pride to all Lagosians and we will surely miss him,” Mr. Ambode said.

Also, Pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, on Monday mourned the passing away of Dr Tunji Braithwaite at the age of 82, describing him as an iconoclastic political leader and social activist.

This was contained in a statement signed by Mr Yinka Odumakin, National Publicity Secretary of the group, and made available to NAN in Lagos.
The statement said that the deceased was known for his principled stance on national issues and consistent defence of the rights of the oppressed people of Nigeria throughout his lifetime.
“His last major outing was his membership of the 2014 National Conference where he stoutly canvassed a confederal arrangement as the best constitutional order for Nigeria.
“His death has brought a closure to a rich era of political sagacity and social crusading.
“He would always be remembered for his consistency, tenacity and intellectual fecundity.
“It is our prayer that God Almighty will protect the family he has left behind.
“May his great soul rest in perfect peace,” it stated.

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