14th September, 2012
The group noted in a statement to mark the 82nd post humus birthday of the former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, noted that Ige , a selfless leader would always be remembered for his ideals, ideas and dream of a great Nigeria.
“Leaders of today need to emulate and follow the ideals of the late Chief Bola Ige. He was a man of courage, high integrity and a committed administrator who strongly believed in the Nigerian project.
“Ige lived, tussled and died for justice, fairness, robust democracy, peace, hope and development”, the group said.
According to the coordinator of the group, Lekan Odediran, the frontline politician executed the four cardinal programmes of the defunct Unity Party of Nigeria, UPN, and the achievement recorded as the first executive governor of old Oyo State in the area of education, health, infrastructure and development was astounded in spite of very limited resources then.
“The late Cicero of Esa-Oke was very creative and the welfare of the people was paramount to him, a transparent leader who did not enrich his purse while in various public offices.”
The group strongly believes that Ige would have helped proffer solution to problem facing the country if he were to be alive today, but takes solace that he was even greater in death.
“Those who killed Uncle Bola should bury their heads in shame because he is greater in death. His spirit has assisted the progressives to win southwest from the hands of the enemies of democracy and the spirit shall cross to the other regions,” the group said.
The group, however, called on the Federal Government and the Inspector General of Police to re-open the murder case and bring the culprit to book.
Bola Ige was born on September 13, 1930 in Esa-Oke and was assassinated in his Ibadan home on 23 December, 2001.