By Segun Odeleye
Oluwaseyi Tinubu, the son of the former governor of Lagos state, Bola Tinubu, was called to bar last week. It was during the official call-to-bar ceremony that his father made a speech in which he said that the All Progressives Congress was not all about him.
While Tinubu may be right and the APC might be more than him, it certainly has a lot to do with him. For instance even though some of those who graduated and were called to bar with the younger Tinubu must have celebrated afterwards, we can safely say that none could possibly have commanded the calibre of personalities who graced the event put together for the younger Tinubu.
The guest list included names like former military ruler, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari; speaker of the House of Representatives Aminu Tambuwal; former speaker of the House of Representatives Aminu Masari; Lagos governor Raji Fashola; National Chairman of APC, Chief Bisi Akande; the National Secretary of APC, Alhaji Tijani Tumsah; a former Minister of FCT, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai; the National Publicity Secretary of APC, Alhaji Lai Mohammed; the Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Chief Taiwo Adeoluwa; Senator Gbenga Ashafa, Alhaji Mutiu Are, a former Commissioner for Finance in Lagos State.
Others are Mr. Wale Edun; Senator Gbenga Obadara; Senator Domingo Obende; a former member of the House of Representatives, Dino Melaye; the Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on the Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa; Mr. Jimi Lawal; Olusegun Gboyega, Prince Olusegun Bada, and Dare Art Alade, among others.
Oluwaseyi Tinubu is the son of royalty and the red carpet was rolled on his behalf.
Inevitably, politics crept into the order of the day.
Buhari used the occasion to explain the thinking behind why he decided to join the march on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday.
The march, according to him, was for justice and to drive home the point to those in charge to be courageous to punish those who made mistakes in the November 16 Anambra Governorship Election.
Turning to the celebrant, Buhari said, “You have taken a profession where what we believe in social justice, your profession is a leader – the law – to make sure that those who made mistakes are properly punished, those who have not made mistakes are freed and they resume their lives.
“From now, whatever you do or say, once they mention Bola Tinubu you are exposed. So you have to be watching your back all the time that you must not only keep the honour of the profession but the honour of your family and the background.”
Governor Raji Fasola of Lagos State said the responsibility of being a lawyer requires a lot of discipline.
He said: “From today you have become our noble and learned friend no matter how old we are but it comes with a lot of responsibilities. The responsibility to continue to remain noble and the responsibility to also continue to remain learned. It is going to continue to require a lot of discipline and it is not discipline that would be imposed by mummy and daddy. That is easy discipline. It is going to come now from discipline that is most difficult to impose – self discipline.
“Those were the words with which I was called to the Bar 25 years ago and those are words that I have found useful. I will lend them to you again tonight hoping that you will pass them on in about 25 years.”
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, said: “You are from a noble family but you have just joined a noble profession. You are from a noble family what you have done is to continue to carry the torch – the torchbearer of a family that is noble. Sustain the good name of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu who I am sure you know is a leader in this country worthy of his name.”
Oluwaseyi, who was overwhelmed with tears while thanking all the guests, was later joined by his mother, Senator Oluremi Tinubu.
The younger Tinubu got into the news last year when it emerged that he failed the Bar exams and so could not be called to bar in November 2012 when his peers were called to bar; a feat which he has now finally achieved.
While on campus, Oluwaseyi Tinubu vied for election as leader of the students’ council but lost to the daughter of Moshood Abiola.