Oba Victor Folagbade Olateru-Olagbegi: A Dignified Service in Humility – Eyitayo Jegede SAN

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I join other well-meaning Nigerians in condoling with the royal family of Oba Victor Folagbade Olateru-Olagbegi and the entire people of Owo Kingdom on the sudden and untimely call to glory of the quintessential, knowledgeable, learned and revered Kabiesi, undoubtedly, one of the foremost traditional rulers in Yorubaland.

The late Kabiesi was a distinguished member of the Body of Benchers, a legal scholar, teacher and administrator. As a member of the Body of Benchers, he played his role in ensuring high standards for new intakes in the legal profession, as a teacher in Nigerian Law School, he imparted legal knowledge with uncommon simplicity, as an administrator and as the Secretary to the Council of Legal Education in Nigeria, he was at the forefront in fashioning an enduring and seamless legal transition of trained lawyers into the practice of the profession.

In all these positions, it was my privilege to watch at very close range His Royal Majesty, who was an extraordinary gift to the legal profession, Owo Kingdom and the Nigeria nation, first as a student to the late Kabiesi in Nigerian Law School, secondly as a distinguished Co-Life Bencher with the late Kabiesi in his lifetime.

He was at a time the Chairman, Ondo State Council of Obas, where he brought to bare his dignified and calm posture in directing the affairs of the entire traditional institution in Ondo State. A measure of Kabiesi’s strength was his humility and carriage in the discharge of his functions and duties at various times, whether as a scholar, administrator, teacher or traditional ruler.

I speak the mind of those of us who are his students and those of us who joined him as a Life Bencher to say we would miss him dearly. I pray that God accepts his soul and grant him eternal rest. Once again, we condole with members of the immediate family.


Eyitayo Jegede SAN

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