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A Tribute to Bamidele Aturu

By: Oseni Oladimeji O.
Published July 12th, 2014



The fear of death follows from the fear of life.A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time - Mark Twain

Let me begin this very brief contribution by praying for the repose of the soul of the deceased. I offer my thoughts to his family and friends, and I hope they take solace in the fact that his good deeds would be referenced by generations yet unborn. It is very unfortunate that the cold hands of death has snatched away Mr.Bamidele Aturu who I see as a role-model and father-figure.

I know many Nigerians home and abroad would still be in shock as to what could have led to this very sad incident.Bamidele Aturu as far as I know has remained incorruptible and non-partisan choosing to be on the side of the Nigerian masses at all times-History will forever be kind to him.The news of his death which I first saw on premiumtimesng.com came as a rude shock to me.Nevertheless I have accepted the reality that Mr.Bamidele Aturu is no more "to serve the people by promoting justice"

   

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After I learnt of his death;despite my very tight schedule I had to visit his Chambers' website out of curiousity but I was marvelled by what I saw.Can all Nigerians irrespective of ethnicity,political affiliation and a host of other divisive tendencies emulate this rare gem. Bamidele Aturu's vision and mission was to serve the Almighty God in all ways but in particular by defending the poor;to serve the cause of social justice by effectively and competently using the law in spite of its limitations;to defend the underprivileged,the dispossessed,the oppressed and the abused against the rich and the powerful;to be a leading voice in the struggle against all forms of discrimination and undue privileges;to participate in all forms of actions aimed at social reform and change.

His Chambers which he heads before his unfortunate death(Bamidele Aturu & Co) also stated in their own words that "in pursuit of this vision/mission(as outlined above),we will not accept a brief simply on account that it is lucrative or reject a poor prospective client simply on account of inability to pay if we are convinced that he or she is truly unable to pay our fee" His various acts and good deeds are very 'Un-Nigerian' to say the least and he would forever be remembered.As I end this contribution I would leave us with this to reflect on.

"At the end of life we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received,how much money we have made,how many great things we have done. We will be judged by "I was hungry,and you gave me something to eat,I was naked and you clothed me.I was homeless,and you took me in--Mother Teresa


 
 
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