Braithwaite’s Legacies Inspired My Vision To Work For The Masses

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday eulogized the life and times of the late activist and foremost lawyer, Dr. Tunji Braithwaite, saying he had always been fascinated about his disposition towards the masses and the people of Nigeria.

 

Governor Ambode, who spoke at the burial service, held in honour of late Braithwaite at Reverend Braithwaite Memorial Anglican Church, Epe, said he was a beneficiary of the kindness of the Braithwaite family, saying the late nationalist fought for good causes and for Nigerians throughout his lifetime.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (left), with wife of the deceased, Dr. (Mrs.) Grace Braithwaite (2nd right); Son, Dr. Olumide Braithwaite (right) and Daughter, Mrs. Ebunolu Adeosun (3rd right) during the Funeral Service for Dr. Tunji Braithwaite, at the Reverend Braithwaite Memorial Church, Papa Epe, Lagos, on Thursday, April 28, 2016. 

 

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.

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R-L:  Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, with former Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Otunba Femi Pedro and Deputy Governor of Ogun State, Mrs. Yetunde Onanuga during the Funeral Service for Dr. Tunji Braithwaite, at the Reverend Braithwaite Memorial Church, Papa Epe, Lagos, on Thursday, April 28, 2016. 

 

“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.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (left), with wife of the deceased, Dr. (Mrs.) Grace Braithwaite (2nd right); Son, Dr. Olumide Braithwaite (right) and Daughter, Mrs. Ebunolu Adeosun (3rd right) during the Funeral Service for Dr. Tunji Braithwaite, at the Reverend Braithwaite Memorial Church, Papa Epe, Lagos, on Thursday, April 28, 2016. 

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 everyone, through inculcation of virtues of selflessness, honesty, integrity, among others.

 

Braithwaite Footsteps Will Remain Indelible in Nigeria

Braithwaite Footsteps Will Remain Indelible in Nigeria

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday paid a condolence visit to the family of late elder statesman and legal luminary, Dr. Tunji Braithwaite, saying that his contributions to the emancipation of the masses and constitutional development in Nigeria would remain indelible.

Governor Ambode, who visited the family House of the late sage in Victoria Island area of the state in company of some members of the State Executive Council including the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello; Chief of Staff to the Governor, Mr. Samuel Olukunle Ojo, and others, said Dr. Braithwaite consistently fought for the masses throughout his life time, and so deserved to be celebrated for a life well spent.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (right), commiserating with widow of late Dr. Tunji Braithwaite, Mrs. Grace Braithwaite during his condolence visit to the family at their residence in Lagos on Wednesday, March 30, 2016.

The Governor, while commiserating with Braithwaite’s widow, Grace and the children, said their father paid his dues, assuring that the State Government will continue to celebrate the ideals he stood for during his lifetime.

He said he was following the footsteps of the late Braithwaite in using his position as the Governor of the state to work for the masses and the majority, so as to make life meaningful to the generality of the people.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, signing the condolence register of late Dr. Tunji Braithwaite during his visit to the family at their residence in Lagos on Wednesday, March 30, 2016.

The Governor said: “I want to clearly state here that whatever it is that we are doing even as a government or as a party, they are the things that the late Dr. Braithwaite stood for.  If there was anybody that was always on the side of the masses, such person was the late Dr. Tunji Braithwaite. He believed, confessed and fought for the masses throughout his life time.

“No matter the side he was on, the political divide, his message was consistent, constant and he was always thoroughbred and that is why I have come here not only to console the family but to say that everything that I’m also doing is on the side of the masses and is on the side of the majority which he also believed in, which he confessed, which he stood for notwithstanding whatever trepidations or challenges on his way,” Governor Ambode said.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (left), condoling with Son of late Dr. Tunji Braithwaite, Mr. Olumide Braithwaite (right) while Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello (middle), watches during his condolence visit to the family at their residence in Lagos on Wednesday, March 30, 2016.

The Governor added that he was happy to note that the late Braithwaite also lived a Christian life till the end, just as he recalled his contribution to the upliftment of the body of Christ and advancement of evangelical works.

He said: “I was just sharing with Mama (Braithwaite’s widow) some of the legacies that the Braithwaite family put in place in the Anglican Church in Epe and the things they continued to do. My prayer is that wherever he has left his sermons, we the younger generation will continue to take on that and also ensure that the philosophy of what he believed in would not die.

“I commiserate with the rest of the family and they should be assured that the name Braithwaite will never die. I believe strongly that anytime we are reading legal matters or any other issue that relates to constitutionalism in Nigeria, Braithwaite’s side of the story will remain indelible.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (right), commiserating with widow of late Dr. Tunji Braithwaite, Mrs. Grace Braithwaite during his condolence visit to the family at their residence in Lagos on Wednesday, March 30, 2016.

“Once again, on behalf of Lagos State, I want to say that this is something that thoroughly touched us; we are concerned about it and we would like to take deeper part in whatever you want to do to honour him because this is a great loss to Lagos and this is a great loss of a great man of Lagos and we intend to celebrate him.”

Responding on behalf of the family, the first daughter of the late politician, Dr. Omowunmi Braithwaite thanked Governor Ambode for finding time to commiserate with them in this trying moment despite his busy schedule.