Some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them. Comrade Kayode Ajulo, like some of us are often more comfortable in addressing, no doubt belongs to both categories of that aphorism.
A Man of strong antecedent in the tourtous journey, for the eventual enthronement of democracy in our country, Nigeria, Ajulo is known as a fighter, an inspiring leader, defender of justice and friend of many.
From his very young age as an undergraduate of the University of Jos, through the now still counting many years of activism as a Civil Society leader and legal authority, Kayode Ajulo has dedicated his entire life for the down trodden masses of this country.
Fearless but yet God fearing, Ajulo has strived without limitations, to take upon himself the neglected responsibilities of our leaders, both politically, socially and otherwise. He has continued to trod the path where other men dreaded.
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In defiance to personal comforts and numerous threats to his precious life, he has gallantly, and in most cases solely fought against human rights violations, Injustice, bad leadership, corruption as well as demand for the respect for the rule of law in Nigeria. Kayode Ajulo consistently maintained the frontline position as one of the few loud voices for the oppressed Nigerians.
Without minding whose ox is gored, Ajulo has continued to demonstrate the love of God for mankind by placing his life on the line. It may be an understatement to say that the magnitude of Kayode Ajulo’s sacrificial service for Nigerians is incomparable to that of many other Nigerians of his age, social background and profession.
Comrade Kayode Ajulo’s struggles cut across ethnic, religious and gender boundary. He is selfless, dedicated and relentless in his struggle to see a better Nigeria nation where the rule of law can be upheld, welfare of the people prioritise and corruption eradicated.
Do I need to say, that the Yoruba Generalisimo, Iba Gani Adams the Aare Ona Kakanfo is meticulous in his choice of Kayode Ajulo, as the Mayegun Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yoruba race.
The New Mayegun Aare Ona Kakanfo is a man whose life is characterized with love, wisdom and courage. Generations of yet to be born Nigerians will learn about the courage and consistency of this young and vibrant Generational Ambassador, for the sacrifices he has continued to make, to see a better Nigeria whose endowed resources can be used to provide excellent leadership, affordable health care services, sound educational, modern infrastructure which is the least that can be offered to Nigerians. They will learn about his clamor for the rule of law and respect for human dignity.
Till date, Ajulo has remained a reference point in the battle against stagnation, He is a man who many see as a courageous and fearless fighter. He is a patriot, motivator, strategic thinker and risk taker.
Brave and bold, Ajulo is never intimidated by whatever circumstances encountered in the course of fighting for the oppressed people of our society. Endowed with a rare organisational ability, mobilisation prowess, uncommon acumen, masterful logic, and foresight, Ajulo’s pastime is strategic thinking.
Interestingly, despite sometimes been at loggerheads, both Iba Gani Adams, the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yoruba land and Late Dr Frederick Fasehun, the founding fathers of Oodua Progressive Congress, (OPC), have a common ally in Kayode Ajulo and constantly share testimony Ajulo competence and legal dexterity as well as the free legal assistance render to them by Kayode Ajulo during their struggling days.
Ajulo is well know for his unparalleled philanthropic gestures in kind and cash to low and mighty in the society as testimonies abounds on this rare quality of the Ondo State born lawyer.
No doubt before now, reward for Activism, Legal Successes and service to humanity have come for Ajulo in torrents in various dimensions. He has received many honorary chieftaincy titles, local and International Awards and special recognition. But this historic conferment of the Mayegun Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yoruba is significant and brings to the fore, the strategic position that Kayode Ajulo now occupies within the context of the Yoruba nation, and her history.
Lovers of Democracy and Justice all over the World can’t but celebrate this courageous and dogged fighter, a General of many battles and we can only pray, that God grants him the wisdom and long life, as he continues the journey, for an egalitarian society.
Morgan Omodu is the Executive Director of CRESNET Multimedia, he sent this piece in from Abuja.