Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Wednesday named Dolphin Estate Park after the late lawyer and human rights activist Dr Tunji Braithwaite, in recognition of his contributions to the political development of Nigeria.
Ambode, who was represented by his deputy, Dr Idiat Adebule, made this known at a special service of songs organised by the Braithwaite family in Lagos.
He said that Braithwaite’s struggle for the emancipation of Nigerians and his daily agitation for improved living condition for the masses was commendable.
“The late Dr Braithwaite gave all his life to the betterment of the lives of the masses; on several occasions he had stood for and defended the rights of the common man.
“He used the instrumentality of the law to free Nigerians from oppressive rule and abuse of power.
“As a legal luminary, his imprint on the legal profession are not only impressive but will continue to receive accolades, even from generations yet unborn,” he said.
Ambode said that Braithwaite’s legal engagements in the defence of human rights, democratic norms and practice, would never be forgotten.
“His cerebral work entitled: ”The Jurisprudence of the Living Oracles’, among other intellectual pursuits, will remain relevant in addressing the various challenges in our democratic experience.
Ambode promised that his administration would continue to keep hope alive on the ideals of good governance, through the implementation of people-oriented programmes.
He said that his government would, from time to time, immortalise heroes of democracy and all those that have contributed to the growth of good governance in the state.
“His bust will soon be commissioned at the Dolphine Estate Park, so that the memory of his great contributions to politics and the struggle for a better Nigeria will linger for ever in our memory, “Ambode said.
Also speaking, the first son of the late Igbo leader, Dim Odumegwu Ojukwu, Chief Debe Ojukwu said: ‘’Braithwaite was my father’s personal lawyer. It was worrisome to some of us at the initial stage when he settled for him as his lawyer instead of all the Igbo lawyers at his disposal. But then I didn’t know who Braithwaite was. “But then as a young lawyer, I had known that the relationship between a lawyer and the client, as well as the relationship between a priest and a penitent is justifiable before the law. That is why the priest can never reveal whatever the penitent had told him.”
Dr Tunji Braithwaite died on March 28 in Lagos at the age of 82, during a brief illness. Read here if you missed.
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