Nigerians Mourn Passing of Political Activist, Lawyer TUNJI BRAITHWAITHE

A former presidential candidate of National Advanced Party (NAP) and foremost lawyer, Dr. Tunji Braithwaite, is dead. Family, friends, political and legal associates Monday thronged the Teslim Elias residence of the late fiery lawyer, politician and human rights activist, Dr.Braithwaite, 82, who died at 5.55 am Monday march 28th.

Tunji Braithwaite with late afrobeat legend -Fel kuti

The second son of the deceased, Olumide Braithwaite, said his late father suffered a stroke and heart failure. However, online news website, The Cable, said Braithwaite died one week after losing consciousness while working out on his treadmill at home.

He was said to have been rushed to St. Nicholas Hospital, Lagos, but never regained consciousness.

Tunji Braithwaite was born in 1933. He completed his secondary school education in 1953 from the prestigious C.M.S Grammar School and then proceeded to the London University at Kennington College in 1955, where he also sat for his A Level examinations. He enrolled as a law student at the Council of Legal Education, London after which he gained admission into Lincoln’s Inn and graduated as a barrister in 1960.

Here are 10 things you didn’t know about him:

  1. Tunji Braithwaite was known to be a strong critic of President Muhammadu Buhari. He criticized the anti-corruption war tactic used by President Muhammadu Buhari which permits looters to quietly return their loot without being prosecuted.
    Buhari is pampering those corrupt leaders by just obtaining looted funds and not jailing them. With all the bragging and the promises he made during the campaign, we expected that his war against corruption will be ruthless. These public thieves carted away our national assets and in the process, impoverished many Nigerians. Corruption is also responsible for the infrastructural decay we are experiencing. The roads are bad and many Nigerian youths cannot find jobs.”
  2. Braithwaite also argued that the trial of Senate President, Bukola Saraki, at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) is only a waste of time, as the former Kwara state governor will soon be free. “He should have been taken to a court with criminal power to send people to jail if found guilty. The CCT cannot jail. You will find that this circus show will die a natural death,” Late Braithwaite said in an interview with the Vanguard in October.
  3. Dr. Braithwaite founded the now-defunct Nigerian Advance Party and petitioned for a new confederal constitution to replace the 1999 constitution, arguing that the 1999 constitution encourages corruption by granting immunity to governors and presidents.
  4. Tunji Braithwaite has accused former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, and a former military ruler, Ibrahim Babangida, of making corruption attractive to state governors in the country and they elevated corruption in governance which subsequent presidents and governors are emulating.
  5. He was also among the elder statesmen who served as the think tank for the youth-propelled fuel subsidy protest against the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan in January 2012. His house was used as a convergence point for many scholars and rights activists at the time.
  6. In 2014, the late Braithwaite instituted a N10 billion suit against Standard Chartered Bank Nigeria Limited for erecting a 15-storey commercial building in a residential neighbourhood in Victoria Island, Lagos. The case is still ongoing.
  7. He has run for the position of President twice. The first was in 1983 under the Nigerian Advance Party (NAP) when he contested against former President Shehu Shagari who sought second term in office. He became popular due to his campaign slogan “clearing rats, mosquitoes and cockroaches in government.” The second was in the fourth republic in 2003 when he contested against President Olusegun Obasanjo who was also seeking a second term in office.
  8. One of his most celebrated cases was in 1977‎, when Professor Olikoye Ransome-Kuti instructed him to represent the Kuti family and get Beko and Fela out of detention, as well as seek redress over some rights abuses by the Olusegun Obasanjo-led military junta. Mr. Braithwaite fought the case through the High Court to the Supreme Court, leading other notable lawyers, including Olu Onagoruwa and Alao Aka-Bashorun.
  9. He was drafted into the legal team that defended the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo in his celebrated treasonable felony trial of 1962/63 a few months after he was called to bar.
  10. According to his website, before he diverted his attention to the socio-political malaises plaguing Nigeria, he held the legal retainers of over 20 national and international corporate organisations and foreign missions and embassies in Nigeria. These included Swiss Airline (he got their landing rights increased to 3 during the period 1968-74); BASF; Hoechst; Witt Busch and Co; Universal Co. (Nig) Ltd; The Oro Development Company; Schroeder Electronics; and Julius Berger (he registered the company in Nigeria when they first arrived).

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