Meet Dr. Olisa Agbakoba: An Icon On Nigeria’s Legal Landscape

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His Background:

Born May 29, 1953, Dr. Agbakoba studied at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (1973-1977), the London School of Economics and Political Science (1979-1980), and the University of London (1980). Before founding Olisa Agbakoba and Associates (OA&A) in 1983, he was a Research Fellow at the Institute of International Affairs (1981) and Guest Lecturer at the Military and Command School, Jaji (1981). He is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (equivalent of Queens Counsel).

Dr. Agbakoba is an active champion of human rights, democracy, and the rule of law in Nigeria and Africa. He was President of the Nigerian Bar Association (2006-2008) and in 1987 had founded the Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO), of which he was president from 1987 to 1995. He was in that capacity in the forefront of the long struggle for democracy in Nigeria from 1989 through 2001, during which period he also led the United Action for Democracy as Convener (1998 to 2001).

Dr. Agbakoba is the Senior Counsel of the Human Rights Law Service and a member of numerous human rights organisations, including the Human Rights Institute of the International Bar Association, International Centre for the Protection of Cultural Diversity and Human Rights in Africa, and the Nigerian Episcopal Commission for Justice and Peace.

Dr. Agbakoba has served in various appointive governmental positions and is at present a member of the Presidential Task Force on Petroleum Revenue Management.

Among the numerous honours vested on Dr. Agbakoba are the Roger Baldwin Medal for Civil Liberties (1990, by the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights), Human Rights Prize (1993, by the German Association of Judges), Aachen Peace Prize (1996), International Human Rights Award (1996, by the American Bar Association), and Dr. Kwame Nkrumah African Leadership Award (2006).

His Vision:

To equalize the gap between the haves and have nots, where there is no reason with the kind of resources in Nigeria that someone should go to bed without a meal. There is enough money in circulation around the world to abolish poverty, think about the fact that 10 Americans have in excess of 3 billion dollars, the likes of Bill Gates, Donald Trump and Warren Buffet.

I’m an advocate for social redistribution as you find in the UK welfare system where there is free healthcare, unemployment benefits etc. These are things needed in Nigeria, here there is so much for so few and nothing for so many.

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Meet Dr. Olisa Agbakoba: An Icon On Nigeria’s Legal Landscape

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