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Oct 20 2013

The fast depleting tribe of genuine human rights activists

More from Nigeria on Baba Omojola.

President Goodluck Jonathan has condoled with the government and people of Ondo State on the death of the highly respected pro-democracy activist and renowned economist, Dr. Baba Oluwide Omojola.

A press statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr Rueben Abati, said the President extends his sincere condolences to Dr. Omojola’s immediate and extended family, friends, associates and professional colleagues of the late nationalist, patriot and indefatigable advocate of good governance who dedicated his life to the pursuit of social justice and a better life for others.

The President noted that Baba Omojola remained  faithful to the cause of justice, equity and progress for all Nigerians till the end of his life.

The kind of person the world needs more of.

Governor Olusegun Mimiko has described the late Baba Omojola as a committed, bold and resourceful human rights crusader and nationalist.

Mimiko said this in a condolence message to the immediate and ideological families of the late Baba Omojola.

The Governor in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Eni Akinsola, said his death is not just a sad loss to the family but an unfortunate departure from the fast depleting tribe of genuine human rights activists and nationalists with conscience.

Mimiko, in the statement, said: “Baba Omojola represented the best of the generation of human and political rights activists who never compromised in the face of serial treachery and consistent oppression of the ruling class.

“He was dogged, committed, resourceful and unwavering. His was a life lived in moral decency, material modesty and social and political relevance. He was brave, bold, strong and reliable. He will be sorely missed.”

I wouldn’t have known about him if it weren’t for Yemisi. I’m grateful that Freethought blogs has a strong internationalist bent, so that now I do know about him.

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    Marie-Thérèse O'Loughlin

    The kind of person the world needs more of.

    Exactly. In contrast to learning about Boko Haram, activists of the calibre of Baba Omojola are a breath of fresh air. Indeed, he’ll be a valuable loss to Nigeria.

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