One Nigeria Historical Diary episode 11 (Biography/LifeTime Of Bola Ige)

Bola Ige
Bola Ige was born in Zaria on September 13th 1930, His full name; James Ajibola Idowu Ige. He studied at Ibadan Grammar School (1943-48), and then at the University of Ibadan. From there, he went to the University College London where he graduated with a Law degree in 1959. He was called to the bar in London's Inner Temple in 1961.
He graduated from University College London and University of Ibadan. He work a Nigerian politician. He died in Ibadan in December 2001 aged 71 years and 3 months old. He was shot to dead by some suspected Assassin

During the First Republic (1963–1966), at age 31 he was at the Centre of the Action Group crisis, when Chief Obafemi Awolowo was pitted against his deputy, Chief Samuel Ladoke Akintola. He became a rival of Olusola Olaosebikan for succession to Obafemi Awolowo. Bola Ige was a Commissioner for Agriculture in the now-defunct Western Region of Nigeria (1967–1970) under the military government of General Yakubu Gowon. In 1967 he became a friend of Olusegun Obasanjo, who was a commander of the army brigade in Ibadan.
In the early 1970s, during the first period of military rule, he devoted his time to the ANTI-RACISM CAMPAIGN of the World Council of Churches.

Towards the end of the 1970s he joined the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN). When General Olusegun Obasanjo initiated the Second Republic, he was elected as governor of Oyo State from October 1979 to October 1983. Adebisi Akande, later to be governor of Osun State after it was split off from Oyo State, was his deputy governor during this period. In the 1983 elections, when he ran for re-election as the UPN candidate, he was defeated by Dr. Victor Omololu Olunloyo. Ige unsuccessfully challenged the election in court. However, Olunloyo lost the seat three months later to a coup staged by Generals Muhammadu Buhari and Tunde Idiagbon.


Ige Bola was detained after the coup, accused of enriching party funds. He was released in 1985, after the next coup, by Ibrahim Babangida, and returned to his legal practice and to writing. In 1990, he published People, Politics And Politicians of Nigeria: 1940–1979, a book that he had begun while imprisoned. He was a founder member of the influential Yoruba pressure group, Afenifere. Although critical of the military rule of General Sani Abacha, Bola Ige avoided political difficulties during this period.

Following the restoration of democracy in 1999, Chief Bola Ige sought the nomination of the Alliance for Democracy party as a presidential candidate, but was rejected. President Obasanjo appointed Bola Ige as minister of Mines and Power (1999–2000). He was not able to make significant Improvements to service provided by the monopoly National Electric Power Authority (NEPA).

He then became Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (2000–2001).
Chief Bola Ige and Wole Soyinka

 In September 2001 Bola Ige said that the Federal government had initiated a program to re-arrange and consolidate the laws of the Federation, publish them in digital form, and make them available on the website of his ministry. He campaigned ardently against the imposition of the Sharia law in the northern states of Nigeria. In November 2001 he said that the Federal government would not allow the Sokoto State government to execute the judgment of a verdict passed by a Gwadabawa sharia court to stone a woman, Safiya Hussaini to death for committing adultery.

Bola Ige was about to take up a new position as African's Representative on the United Nations International Law Commission when he was GUNNED DOWN in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

Some Nigerian Poetry / Writers/ Authors wrote about the Late Bola ige
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Bola Ige is widely acknowledged as a well- rounded personality.. a role model.. a person the yoruba race would describe as OMOLUABI, a man with the ultimate in refinement and good character- BIMPE ABOYADE

Principled, truly egalitarian in his vision of society, almost ascetic in his ways, his 'devotion to the life of reason'.. put him head and shoulder above all his colleagues in the Awoist School. Very few members of his generation can claim to have come into politics with sounder credentials; an outstanding Classics degree, a teaching career, a good law degree and successful law practice, and a world view that was firmly grounded in the tenets of local politics, as it was the same time internationalist in outlook - YEMI OGUNBIYI

A strong but soft man inside, Dad was never ashamed to apologize, when he had inadvertently hurt my feelings or come to a false conclusion about me. He taught us to appraise ourselves honestly, to know our strengths and weaknesses. He assured us that if we jointly worked on them together with God's help, we would overcome them and turn them around to pulses in our lives- FUNSO ADEGBOLA

In the hamlets and villages, in private company and public institutions, in caucuses of politicians and the assemblages of thinkers and builders, in the pulsating nests of righteous dissidence, conscientiously in the corridors of power, and contentiously in the media- both on the home front and at international gatherings, this was a voice that rang out clearly, decrying injustice and mobilizing others, moving millions towards an infinite vision of the possible, the vision of human cohabitation in mutual respect, the harmonizing of the diverse communities- but only in conditions of absolute parity, only under conditions of absolute peace.- WOLE SOYINKA

The Greeks talked about the education of the whole man. Bola was such a person. What a most knowledgeable man! He was a great man of letters, a prolific and versatile writer, a consummate lover of music and the arts. A man of strong principles, loyalty, dedication, steadfastness, and with a gift of the gab..-TAYO AKPATA
 
Bola Ige
DEATH

On 23 December 2001, Bola Ige was shot dead at his home in the south-western city of Ibadan by some suspected assassin. He had been entangled in squabbles within his Alliance for Democracy party in Osun State. The previous week, the long-running feud between Osun state Governor Bisi Akande and his deputy, Iyiola Omisore, had apparently contributed to the death of an Osun State legislator, Odunayo Olagbaju. The government of President Olusegun Obasanjo deployed troops in south-western Nigeria to try to prevent a violent reaction to the murder.  Although various people were arrested and tried for involvement in the murder, including Iyiola Omisore, all were acquitted. As of November 2010 the killers had not been found. He was buried in Ibadan.



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