On Tuesday 24th August 2021, during the live radio program “Labe-Ofin” (Rule of Law) @ Bond F.M 92.9, the Executive Director of Human Rights Monitoring Agenda (HURMA), Comrade Buna Olaitan Isiak who presents the weekly Human Rights radio program, declared that the day’s program would be dedicated to the celebration of Mr. Richard Akinola.
“We are dedicating today’s presentation to a Comrade and leader in struggle, in person of Mr. Richard Akinola, as he celebrated his 63rd birthday on Monday 23rd August 2021.
The radio presentation painted the man whose the program was dedicated in the original pictures as painted by the Vice President of Federal Republic of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Oshibajo:
“Richard Akinola is a fearless journalist, lawyer, author and activist. He was instrumental in forming Civil Liberties Organization (CLO), the first human rights body in Nigeria. He was an active member of Campaign for Democracy (CD), United Action for Democracy (UAD) and JACON under the leadership of Gani Fawehinmi.
Nigeria’s Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osibajo, SAN, further applauded the celebrant describing him as “an outstanding fighter, always speaking out and supporting social justice and public- spirited courses and all manners of progressive ideas.
“He played a key role in the struggle for democracy, especially during the Abacha years. At some point spending time in detention and suffering so many deprivation”.
The VP mentioned this during Akinnola’s birthday lecture, entitled: “Security Challenges in Nigeria and its Implications for Sustainable Development”, delivered by Sokoto State governor, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal at Radisson Blu Hotel, Ikeja GRA, Lagos on Monday, August 23, 2021.
On behalf of HURMA, Comrade Buna Olaitan Isiak wished the celebrant a Happy Birthday and blissful days ahead together with more achievements.