By Dipo Awojobi – Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has eulogized the late activist and foremost lawyer, Dr. Tunji Braithwaite, saying that he was fascinated about his disposition towards the masses and the people of Nigeria as an activist.
The Governor, who spoke at the burial service, held in honour of the late Braithwaite at Reverend Braithwaite Memorial Anglican Church, Epe on Thursday, revealed that he was a beneficiary of the kindness of the Braithwaite family, adding that the late nationalist fought for good causes throughout his lifetime.
He said: “I never thought I would ever be a politician but I have always been very excited about the things Dr. Braithwaite used to propagate and it appears that I have a personal connect around the issues that relate to people and to the masses and that is why we decided, on behalf of the good people of Lagos, that we must honour this very good man and to also immortalize him in a way that people can come to understand those who actually stood for true democracy and also fought for the masses but they never had the opportunity to do what it is that I have a chance to replicate.”
The Governor said apart from the fact that Braithwaite was consistent and persistent in the fight to enthrone better society for all Nigerians, he was also a deeply religious man who contributed positively and immensely to the body of Christ.
He also recalled how the late activist started the campaign for positive change and egalitarian society long before the advent of the current administration which is known for its change mantra.
“I just want to encourage the family because we are celebrating and we know that those yet unborn will read about what Dr. Braithwaite actually stood for. He was a foremost lawyer, statesman and an activist. He spent all his life fighting good causes especially for the common man. He fought for what he believed in and he had strong conviction to be the voice of the voiceless and whatever it is that we are advocating as change today has actually been manifested from all the things he had preached about.
“He was consistent and persistent in the fight to enthrone better society for all Nigerians. He was deeply religious and this church is one of his contributions. He has left good footprints on the sand of time for us, including myself to follow and his efforts will never be in vain,” the Governor said.
In his sermon, Bishop of Lagos Anglican Diocese, Most Revd. Dr Adebola Ademowo said from the testimonies of people about the late Braithwaite, he sure led an impactful life and queried the congregation about what people would say as well concerning them.
Drawing his lessons from the book of Matthew 25: 14-21, Romans 12: 6 and 1Peter 4:10, Ademowo said Braithwaite never buried his talent but used it to fight against corruption, injustice and a system promoting mediocrity and criminal wealth.
The clergyman said Nigeria is a complex country with myriads of bad users of talents, and advocated that the national rebirth of the country must start with all through inculcation of virtues of selflessness, honesty, integrity, among others.