Eulogies, Commendations As Afe Babalola Celebrates 60 Years At The Bar

Dignitaries from different walks of life on Monday, July 10, poured encomium and eulogies on the legal luminary and founder of Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, ABUAD, Aare Afe Babalola SAN, over his contributions to legal profession and humanity in the country, as he celebrates his 60 years at the bar.

Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo on described Babalola as an icon who has contributed immensely to the development of the legal profession and the society at large, adding that his imprints would remained indelible.

The former president who recalled appointing him as the pro-chancellor and chairman of governing of the University of Largos, said his innovative ideas , hardwork and leadership qualities earned the university the ranking of the best in research and learning in the African continent.

He said, ” His undying commitment in his quiet philanthropic activities which culminates in his donation of infrastructure to several educational, medical, traditional and religious institutions across the country cannot be over-emphasised.

“Before now, I was convinced that Aare’s place in the Hall of Fame is assured as of one the men who can genuinely de described as benefactors of mankind for his enormous contributions and for making the world a happier place.”

On his own, Ekiti State Governor, Mr Biodun Oyebanji described Aare Afe Babalola (SAN)  as a special gift to Ekiti State, Nigeria and humanity.

Reminiscing on Afe Babalola’s prominent roles in the struggle and eventual creation of Ekiti State, said the actualization of the creation of the state was what provided an opportunity for him and all previous governors to become Governors in the State at different time.

Speaking further, the Governor who described Afe Babalola as his father, said the ANUAD Founder remains a rare gem and a gift to Ekiti, Nigeria and mankind.

“Daddy I congratulate you, thank you so much for what you are for humanity, thank you so much for providing platform for those that are hopeless to have hope, thank you daddy because I can stand here today as Governor of Ekiti State because of people like you.

“If we don’t have this State, I and all others that have been governors of this state will not have a platform to stand-in”  the Governor asserted. So, on behalf of myself and all the Governors before me, I say thank you sir.

Also speaking, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunlusi  described Afe as a priceless elder statesman, who has contributed to the development of Nigeria in many sphere of life.

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