The Campaign for Democracy (CD) has praised Bamidele Aturu, who passed away on Wednesday at 49, as a foremost activist whose life was dedicated to the cause of social change, defence of the weak, and expansion of the frontiers of freedom.
“From his days as a students’ leader till he breathed his last, Aturu was consistent in his dogged defence of justice, equity and fairness in all spheres of life,” CD President Joe Okei–Odumakin said in a statement on Thursday.
She added that Aturu was moulded in the tradition of the Gani Fawehinmi tribe of legal activists who believe that the purpose of law is to liberate and not to oppress, and that that conviction defined his sojourn in the legal profession.
Dr. Okei–Odumakin noted in that respect howsymbolic it was that Aturu was on his way to the NUTdelegates conference when the complications that led to his death arose.
“He has played his part and has departed to the realm of the ancestors but his deeds have entered the archives of progressivism in Nigeria,” the statement said. “He will sorely be missed at the barricades.”
Calling him a “fearless fighter,” she prayed that God Almighty will be with his family and for his soul torest in perfect peace.