Quintessential Bar man, Pa M. A. Ajomale quits the stage- By Mike Ozekhome

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Quintessential Bar man, Pa M. A. Ajomale quits the stage- By Mike Ozekhome

The exit of  the patriarch of the Ajomale dynasty, Chief M.A.Ajomale has created a vacuum. He is simply irreplaceable.

The transition of this illustrious gem and complete gentleman of the Bar is an unquantifiable loss to the entire Nigerian Bar and the corporate world.

A Life Bencher, former Chairman, Body of Benchers, former General Counsel of Unions Bank PLC and the quintescence of what an accomplished lawyer should be.

Late Chief Ajomale was amiable, sartorial, personable and gregarious was a role model

He wore humility with incandescence like a second skin. He was an esteemed Bar man to the core. Chief Ajomale was dignity, integrity and character personified.

Even at his advanced age, Chief Ajomale attended virtually all Benchers meetings in Abuja and many Bar dinners in Lagos.

Law literally ran through his untiring veins. At one of such Benchers meetings at the Supreme Court in Abuja, last year, I went to greet this handsome man of glittering credentials.

He sat at the front row. Where else could he have sat, any way?

I bowed very low, almost to a position of prostrating flat on my tummy having never had the privilege of a one-on -one close relationship or rapport with him before then, inspite of my great admiration for him from afar.

I took it for granted that he did not know little me as a person.

As I wanted to introduce myself, he cut me short and heartily laughed aloud, saying, “Mike, you want to introduce yourelf to me?”

“Didn’t your classmate, my daughter, Solape, tell you that I am not just your admirer, but perhaps, your number one fan in the whole wide world? ”

To say I was shocked is an understatement. I stood in front of him with beams of sweat dropping down from my face in the airconditioned hallowed chambers of the Supreme Court

I was literally transfixed with awe like an insect rendered immobile by some powerful pesticides. I was equally amazed at his sheer simplicity and infectious disposition.

His daughter, respected Solape, was later to confirm her father’s strong views about how he considered and highly rated my modest contributions from my small window to re-engineering and re-inventing the nearly completely destroyed weak fabric of our nation.

And this great soul has marched on from mortality to immortality to join the league of our faithful departed in the bossom of the Lord in eternity.

Papa, adieu. A great nationalist and accomplished Bar man. Farewell, Pan-Nigerian and rest in perfect peace sir. AmenπŸ™πŸ™.

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