When Femi Aborishade Walked Up To Me…

“Hello Ladies, can I have your phone numbers please?”

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I and my colleague(the one who sit/hides behind the blank computer screen) exchanged glances.

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She was already attending to a gentleman of the bar so she said to me..

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“Yetunde, give him your number”

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If you know our learned brothers very well, they collect our numbers just to call ahead of court sitting or to enquire if all processes have been served and proof of service kept in the case file.

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So I brought out my phone and asked him to give me the digits. I had been seeing him in court before then but we never spoke except maybe a good morning. You’d definitely notice him with his signature beard.

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“What’s the name sir?”, I said politely

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“Femi Aborishade”, he replied casually, smiling in the process.

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Then everything stopped.

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When I found my voice, I screamed. No scratch that. I only screamed in my mind but I couldn’t mask my excitement.

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The Femi Aborishade I had spent my childhood reading about on the pages of the Nigerian Tribune was standing in front of me and just gave me his digits without me breaking a sweat.

http://saharareporters.com/2018/02/12/buhari-has-transformed-nigeria-tyrannical-country-%E2%80%93-femi-aborisade

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“Barrister Femi Aborishade, sir, you are a foremost human right activist based in ibadan. I’ve been hearing about you since I was in secondary school in Ibadan.”

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Actually, it should have been since I started reading Nigerian newspapers which was when I was six.

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The human rights activist I read so much about in those days were Gani Fawehinmi(SAN), Femi Falana(SAN) and Femi Aborishade- Labour Lawyer, activist and pain in the ass of government.

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Itwas during the period of the Abacha Junta and they were always in the news either for imprisonment or for saying something against the government.

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As fate would have it, I met Gani Fawehinmi the year that I turned 14. He was decked in a flowing white agbada. It happened in Lagos at the Muson Centre where I went to receive ‘that’ national essay award. I’ve written the story here before. We took pictures together. .

That was when Olisa Agbakoba was also involved in activism and Ayo Obe was the president of the Civil Liberties Organization.

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So, you can understand my excitement when I met Femi Aborishade. I mean, its been years and I stopped hearing about him when I moved out of ibadan. First to school in ogbomoso and then to Lagos.

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He nodded and smiled as he listened to me

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“Oh, I see”, he said

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“Are you still involved in activism?”

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“Yes, but not like before.
I now have other things that take my time. My private practice for instance. My office is at Liberty Road..”..

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I cut him short and shouted

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“Yes, yes, Ring Road Ibadan. I grew up in Ibadan. I know Liberty road very well. It’s really nice to see you again”, I said

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My friend and colleague who by now had finished with her “learned brother” focused her attention on us eagerly and said

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“Sir, here is my number too…lol😁😂😀.”

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By then, I had been notified that Milord was about to enter so I quickly stood up to announce his appearance.

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“Good morning counsels, My Lord is about to come out. Please, put your phones on silence and get set. Thank you”.

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In between sitting, I told my colleague all about him. She was just ‘oohing and aahing’.

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She’sa northern woman you see, so shedoesn’t really know how big a man Femi Aborishade is.

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When next I see him in court, we shall be taking a selfie together..just for the records.

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When next I go to the ancient city, I will make sure I go eveywhere looking for trouble. Then, I will find his office and say..”sir, I have gone to look for trouble o, can you defend me in court?”

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I pray he reads this.

 

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