20th December, 2010
By Paul Sanusi
The Adekunle Ajasin Foundation has described the late nationalist and elder statesman, Chief Anthony Enahoro, as an irreplaceable legend, only akin to the likes of Chief Obafemi Awolowo and Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe.
Mrs. Jumoke Anifowose, Secretary, Board of Trustees of the foundation, made this assertion in a statement issued on the death of the elder stateman.
Anifowose, who is also the Ondo State chairman of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), described late Enahoro as a detribalised nationalist, whose life was dedicated to national growth and development with a truly nationalist commitment to the emancipation of the citizenry from every form of oppressive rule, as he consistently demonstrated from 1952, when he raised the motion for Nigeriaâ€™s independence, through the fight against the oppressive rule of military dictatorship via the platform of NADECO to the enthronement of democracy in 1999.
According to her, â€œChief Enahoro was indeed the last man standing of the lot of progressive elements of national development in the likes of the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Dr. Nnamdi Azikwe, Chief Adekunle Ajasin and Bola Ige, among others.
â€œThe Adekunle Ajasin Foundation will always remember the role played by Pa Enahoro at the commencement of the Ajasin Colloquium Series ten years ago. Apart from being the chairman of the inaugural colloquium in 2000, he had stayed with the vision, supporting us all through the way,â€ added Anifowose.
The organisation, however, laments that in spite of all the sacrifices made by Enahoro, the country was yet to attain true democracy and federalism that he so passionately desired.
â€œHis demise filters in sad memories that in spite of his numerous sacrifices for the emancipation of the citizens, the masses are still under the yoke of oppression from self centered politicians in governance, whose idea of democracy dividends is in the quantum and how much of state wealth and resources they can allocate and accumulate to themselves and their cronies, to the detriment of the suffering masses.â€