by Oluwaloseyi Babaeko
“Each generation must out of relative obscurity discover its mission; the task is either fulfilling it or betraying it”
First of all, Enoch Anu Ojotisa is a legal luminary who was recently called to Bar on 28th November, 2013.
According to Ralph Waldo Emerson, “a good lawyer is not the man who has an eye to every side and angle of contingency, and qualifies all his qualifications, but who throws himself on your part so heartily, that he can get you out of a scrape.”
Going by the words and teachings of Emerson, permit me to congratulate Enoch Ojotisa alias Oracle, the Osha of OAU Students’ Union during his era, a poet and lawyer for his achievement of being called to Bar at a time he truly deserves it.
Having undergone a personal historical x-ray, infused by visionary projection of where we are coming from, where we are, and where we are going to, I am convinced that his personality belongs to the class of the extraordinary men. Moreover, in tandem with the politically indisputable categorization, he is a man who has transcended from the realm of Ordinary Living Species (OLS) to the level of Discovered Living Species (DLS) because he has not only discovered himself but also focused determinedly, for he is not so bothered about how crooked or straight the lanes to fulfilling his historical mission looks.
He is more than committed to the course and ready to go extra miles to prove a point which is in line with the words of Frantz Fanon that “each generation must out of relative obscurity discover its mission; the task is either fulfilling it or betraying it”. Barr. Ojotisa is on the path of fulfilling the mission for it’s crystal clear to the public that his words and deeds are quite quintessence to what Thomas More had in mind when he penned down the possibility of we having a perfect society, a statement that is contained in his highly celebrated book, ‘Utopia’.
It is on this basis that I am writing to congratulate a fellow comrade and a pan-Africanist, who has distinguished himself as a true freedom fighter and advocate of the masses; a poet and author of ‘Commoner’s Speech’, a poem that lays emphasis on human rights and fight for the masses. Interestingly, the poem was written towards the socio-cultural events in the country.
As you step forward to heartily continue to serve humanity, I rejoice with you, the entire OAU community, and Nigeria at large for the unquestionable fact that you are among few Nigerians who give hope that the wrong of the past elites and leaders could be redressed by people of the same outstanding calibre as Barrister Ojotisa, a humble, honest and patriotic comrade known as ‘Oracle’.
Since J. Spinoza noted that the “era of lamentation has passed away”, ours is, therefore, not to lament nor weep but to use the opportunity to call on Nigerian students and youths to redirect ourselves to the struggle in order to free the Hoi-Poillois from the shackles and manacles; The oppression, suppression and subjugation attached to it.
To this end, I call for unity among the oppressed and people from the lower social strata, with the view of organising ourselves as a formidable, large, indivisible, and pro-workers forces that will be able to go for power.
Just as I remain committed and resolute, I would also like to congratulate this committed leader, Barr. Enoch Anu Ojotisa (Oracle) LLB, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), otherwise referred to as Oba Awon University, South of Sahara and North of Limpopo. OAU remains the political garden for Aluta lovers where everyone can drink from the Great cup of freedom.
God Bless OAU! God Bless Nigerian students! God Bless Nigeria!
Comrade Oluwaloseyi Babaeko is the National Coordinator, Student Leaders’ Alliance of Nigeria (SLAN).
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