|Late Bamidele Aturu|
By Kayode Ajulo
His death is more than a rude shock to me. Its a death too many and once again we've lost another committed and genuine activists.
Bamidele Aturu came to prominence as a freedom fighter against dictatorship and power abuses when, as a member of the National Youth Service Corps, he refused to shake the hand of a military administrator of Niger State, Col. Lawan Gwadabe in 1988 during his NYSC passing out parade declaring that the military had caused great harm to the democratic aspirations of Nigerians.
This was a time when ASUU was prescribed by the Babangida Military Admnitration.
He was an advocate for the oppressed and the mighty; he lent his voice for President Jonathan during the health saga of the late President Yaradua. He was in and out of the court to ensure the constitutional desirability of ensuring that President Jonathan then Vice President became Acting President.
Infact he supported my attempt to commit the Cabinet members of Yaradua's Federal Executive Council to prison for contempt of court at Federal High Court, Abuja.
And when the desirable was done, he moved on and in all our conservations thereafter, he never mentioned or complained of not being patronized by President Jonathan.
We met in London sometimes ago at Ben Tv Station where we were led discussants on "Kayode Ogundamisi's Politricks" on Nigeria Issues, he remained his ebullient self.
I remembered raising his NYSC discharge Certificate issue, which he dismissed on the ground that when the time comes the authority will give him his certificate with honour, today he's dead. His dream died with him.
I wish President Jonathan had made his dream true, it is however not too late, the desirable could still be done by the President as there is no better time to return his NYSC Certificate with honour than now.
Bamidele Aturu was a hero and will always remain a hero, a courageous fighter as well as a prayer warrior. A man of simple means. He used all he had to propagate progressivism and egalitarianism even on the pulpit.
Adieu my brother.