In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 19th, September, 2020

Bola Ige Knew Of Plan To Ambush, Kill Him Earlier than His Assassination

Bola Ige Knew Of Plan To Ambush, Kill Him Before His Assassination

Bola Ige

Bola Ige

Muyiwa Ige, son of the late Governor of previous Oyo State, Chief Bola Ige, tells BOLA BAMIGBOLA about life with out his father because the household marks the 90th posthumous birthday of the late Afenifere chief

How do you are feeling about your father’s 90th posthumous birthday?

We miss him and want he have been right here with us. We truly believed he had in him one other 25 to 30 years, and that he might truly reside to rejoice his 100th birthday as a result of his mom was very previous earlier than she handed on. When he was 70 years previous, he was as match as a fiddle and seemed very younger. So, we didn’t anticipate him to depart this earth within the method he did.

However we thank God for his life and wonderful legacy, and we’ll proceed to rejoice him, to reminisce concerning the fantastic recollections and legacies he left behind.

He was killed in 2001, how will you describe the final 18 to 19 years with out him?

That is a loaded query. It has not been simple, as a result of inside 16 months of his assassination, we misplaced our mum, and so we have been orphaned with out making use of for it. However we thank God. We’re forging forward and we’re a very robust household. We even have fantastic kids, who’re grandchildren, to each Bola and Atinuke Ige.

We additionally consider that hopefully each of them will get justice. My father was assassinated, and my mom died due to my father’s assassination, and hopefully we’ll get the justice on this clime.

What was it like residing with Ige, your father?

He was distinctive; he was a implausible husband, an awesome father, and a doting grandfather. He beloved his spouse, kids, and grandchildren. He was additionally a implausible good friend to all those that knew him, and I’m positive if you knew him, you’d know exactly what I’m speaking about.

He was a person of many components, and he was properly beloved by everybody. He was a nice man, and I’m very proud to be an offspring of Bola and Atinuke Ige. I’ll endlessly cherish that as a result of I really consider that I’ve a good heritage.

Chief Bola Ige at 29, shared a world platform with the late Martin Luther King Jnr however many Nigeria youths are in search of jobs now, or partaking in some legal actions or simply don’t care about making optimistic impacts. What classes can they be taught out of your father’s life?

Properly, his actions have been deliberate. What I imply by that’s that he knew what he needed to be, he knew he needed to serve the individuals, and that his actions within the College students’ Christian Motion have been very robust. Referring to politics, he knew that he wanted to be related, and so proper from a really younger age, he demonstrated nice capability. And the query is: What are the teachings that younger individuals should take away from this sort of life?

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He believed in selfless service, heightened stage of humility, honesty, and nice honour and dignity. After you have these ‘Omoluabi’ (Yoruba title for a particular person of honour and integrity) traits, you’ll go far. Our current state of Nigeria is tough, however we can’t abdicate tasks. We should be sure that we’re targeted.

My fathers’ technology, after they have been lively of their early 20s, was additionally fairly fortunate within the sense that they have been within the pre-independence period and the early days of post-independence period.  So, they have been younger and so they grabbed the bull by the horns. The distinction between then and now’s stage of intelligence and use of expertise that youths of this technology must elevate themselves. And so there’s a want for mentoring, nice networking and the long run might be shiny. Though it is tough, we have to be resilient.

Who killed Bola Ige has appeared to grow to be a query the police and different safety companies should not prepared to search out a solution to. How disappointing is that for you and the Ige household?

Disappointment is an understatement. The reality of the matter is that there have to be closure. Any wise authorities would need to at the least, unravel the so–referred to as mysterious deaths or assassinations of varied personalities – my father, (the late Bola Ige), Pa Alfred Rewane, Dele Giwa, and a number of others. It’s going to at all times be a dent within the historical past of this nation, if these homicide instances should not solved.

The actors are strolling the streets immediately however the fact of the matter is that they might consider they’re free, however they aren’t. They don’t seem to be free. Their conscience will proceed to probe them. And so, it’s a pure regulation – the regulation of Karma. I at all times say that everybody will get their comeuppance someday.

What do you miss most about your dad?

My father was my finest good friend. His sensible counsel, playful mien, and love for household and buddies might be missed. Even on the 23rd of December, 2001, when he was killed, we have been collectively.

 We drove from Ibadan to Lagos. We have been within the automobile for six to seven hours and had a protracted dialog about various things – easy methods to cope with totally different conditions, relationship with individuals, and so forth. He was only a nice man. Properly, as Yoruba individuals would say: “Ekun yen, ki se ekun ojo kan, ekun gbogbo igba ni.” (Mourning him might be endlessly, not for a day).

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We cherish the fantastic reminiscence we’ve. We cherish the good legacies he left behind, and it’s incumbent on us to forge forward and maintain the flag flying. For those who did the dastardly act, might they not die! Bola Ige has come and gone however his legacy lives on. He was the primary govt governor of previous Oyo State. The free training programme he applied then remains to be related immediately. It’s nonetheless there as a yardstick. It’s a benchmark programme for progressive governance immediately.

He lived a lifetime of excellence, wonderful in management. He was first a governor, then deputy chief of Afenifere, and Legal professional Common of the Federation and Minister of Justice. And on the time, simply earlier than he was assassinated, he was getting ready to affix the Worldwide Legislation Fee in Geneva. Even earlier than then, as you talked about earlier, at age 29, he was on a world platform with the revered Martin Luther King Jnr. And even at that occasion in 1959, he moved a movement in help of blacks to be given the chance to vote. He was Chairman, Staff’ Discussion board of Church buildings’ Committee on Racism. He was an awesome man, an ecumenical spirit and an exquisite soul.

On the day he was murdered, you mentioned you have been with him for some hours and had discussions on many points with him. Are you able to share among the final issues mentioned with him?

I can bear in mind the whole lot however not for publication. It was only a dialogue between a father and his son. It was nearly life, issues to do, and easy methods to place oneself in life – purely father and son dialog.

From what you noticed that day, do you suppose he had a premonition of his dying?

On December 15, 2001, his cap was eliminated on the (Ooni’s) palace in Ife. Anyone got here to fulfill us nearly an hour earlier than that they heard some individuals have been planning to ambush and kill him, however his demeanor was that he didn’t have downside with anybody, and that no such factor might ever occur and I additionally believed it. Nobody might have thought that this factor (assassination) might have occurred in his non-public house.

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 He was a person of the individuals and his home was virtually like a city corridor. Anyone might simply stroll in and he would attend to them. However the query to ask is what has it profited any of them that executed him or organized for some individuals to kill him or have been a part of the dastardly act? It has not profited them and endlessly, their conscience will prick them. He who lives by the sword will certainly be consumed by the sword. However I thank God for my father, I thank God for my mom and I thank God for the gracious legacies they left behind.

How have your father’s title and legacies helped you?

You know, I’m the ‘Arole Ige’ (first son of Ige. I simply thank God for being an offspring of Bola and Atinuke Ige. The reality of the matter is the title opens doorways as a result of my mother and father have been nice individuals and it behoves us to maintain the legacies alive. And once more, my very own kids are reaping from the legacies and by the grace of God, their kids and generations to return from the offspring of the late Atinuke and Bola Ige clan will proceed to reap the rewards of their numerous legacies.

So, it opens doorways and I’m very proud to be an Ige and I’ll endlessly uphold that title.

Within the final two years you will have been moderately inactive politically, what are you as much as?

I haven’t been quiet. Between 2011 and 2014, I served as Commissioner for Lands in Osun (State) and thereafter applied some legacy initiatives within the state. I’m a stakeholder and an important factor is to carry forth. So that you can be related, you want to do issues that will elevate our individuals. Do issues that may elevate the frequent man and posterity will decide you positively. It isn’t about noise making, we have instituted scholarship programmes within the title of my father and my mum. We’ve got had numerous lectures and accomplished empowerment initiatives. It’s about including worth and that may proceed to be accomplished. We don’t actually suppose within the mundane means that folks suppose. We’ve got our personal means of doing issues and we’ll proceed to do it and by the grace of God, we’ll be related and we’ll add worth.

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