*says his legacy lives on
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Son of the former Attorney General and Minister of Justice, late Chief Bola Ige (SAN), Architect Muyiwa Ige on Sunday disclosed that his father was murdered because of the sheer envy and bitter jealousy by his killers.
Speaking at a thanksgiving and prayer to mark the 90th posthumous birthday of the late Attorney General of the Federation held at St Anne’s Church, Molete, Ibadan, Architect Ige stated that killers of his father 19 years ago at his Solemia House in Bodija area of Ibadan shall continue to live by it .
Architect Muyiwa Ige while stressed that the gruesome murder of Chief Bola Ige was quite unfortunate , Architect Muyiwa Ige maintained that all those who have hands in the killing did so because sheer envy, and bitter jealous.
” My father really loved young people. He also believed in the emancipation of the common man and elevating young people. A lot of his peers didn’t like him for that because they could not understand young people.”, he said.
Architect Ige added, “but that was the essence of Bola Ige, and it was part of the envy that ate into the souls of some of those who didn’t like him. Nonetheless, that was their problem. Bola Ige came to this world, did his bit, and his legacy lives on.”.
Appreciating God for the life of late Chief Bola Ige, he emphasized that his late father bequeathed a good legacy of selfless service , good leadership, integrity, honesty and legacy of seeking the best for the common man.
Commenting on the present day politicians and the Chief Bola Ige contemporaries , Architect Muyiwa Ige lamented the gradual slide of good governance in the country, saying, at pre-independence and post- independence period when party politicking was going on, it was based on ideology .
According to him, at that time, you were either a conservative or progressive/ socialist adding, “and the conservatives knew themselves, while the progressives knew themselves”.
“Now, you can’t even differentiate between A and B.There is cross-carpeting going on everyday. Consistency is not there.There is also a leadership vacuum and so, we need to go back and begin to study what they did well positively in their days and try to enhance that and begin to ensure that there is a vibrant mentoring programme, especially for our youths. There are great leaders out there that we can still point to that can support young people”.