Elder statesman, Dr. Tunji Braithwaite has died at the age of 82.
Braithwaite died yesterday morning at St. Nicholas Hospital, Lagos, after a brief illness, according to his son, Olumide, who confirmed the incident.
During his life time he was a strong critic of Nigerian leaders, including Olusegun Obasanjo and Ibrahim Babangida.
“Obasanjo is not saying anything original because when he assumed office in 1999, I warned that the military constitution would make the governors emperors,” he had said during an interview with Punch on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 after Obasanjo accused some governors of living like emperors at the expense of the masses.
“Governors determine security votes which they do not account for. Since 1999, the military constitution clothes them (governors and president) with immunity against being arrested for criminal misdeeds. Many of them brazenly looted the treasury and got away with it. Obasanjo became rich through this structure.
“Something appears to be driving Obasanjo to be making frivolous statements everywhere. He and Babangida made corruption attractive to governors and they elevated corruption in governance which subsequent presidents and governors are emulating,” he added.
Braithwaite was also the founder and presidential candidate of the defunct Nigeria Advanced Party, NAP.

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