Bode Olajumoke

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Bode Olajumoke
National Senator
In office
May 2003 – May 2011
Preceded by Lawrence Ayo
Succeeded by Robert Ajayi Boroffice
Constituency Ondo North
Personal details
Born (1944-07-01) 1 July 1944 (age 71)
Political party People's Democratic Party (PDP)
Profession Civil servant, Politician

Wilfred Olabode Olajumoke (Bode Olajumoke) is a Nigerian politician who has been a member of the Senate of Nigeria for Ondo State since 2007.[1]

Background[edit]

Bode Olajumoke was born in Lagos on 1 July 1944, of a Yoruba family from Imeri in Ondo State. He has an LL.M (Moscow), a Ph.D (Law) Edinburgh[2] and a BL (Lagos).[1] He worked as a trainee reporter with the Daily Times of Nigeria from 1963 to 1964. After obtaining his law degrees, he worked with the Federal Ministry of Establishment from 1974 to 1979. After further legal studies he joined the Ministry of Defence in 1980.[3] He retired from the civil service as a GL 15 officer in 1987.[1]

In 2003, speaking as chairman of RORO Oceanic, Dr. Bode Olajumoke criticized the nation's maritime policies and high tariffs, and supported privatization of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA).[4]

Bode Olajumoke is chairman of MITOSATH (Mission to save the helpless), a non – governmental charity organization with the primary mission of improving the health of the less privileged.[5]

Political career[edit]

In 1999, Bode Olajumoke was an aspirant to the presidency.[3]

He is a chieftain and a member of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP Board of Trustees.[6] Running as a People's Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Bode Olajumoke was elected as senator in the 5th (2003–2007) National Assembly representing Ondo North Senatorial District, and was reelected in 2007 for a further four-year term. Senator Olajumoke is a member of senate committees on Navy, National Planning, Foreign Affairs, Employment, Labour & Productivity, Downstream Petroleum and Defence & Army.[1]

In August 2008, Bode Olajumoke accompanied Senator Ike Ekweremadu in the Nigerian delegation to the United States to observe the 2008 Democratic National Convention.[7]

In November 2008, Olajumoke stated that Nigeria was not yet ready for full democracy, and spoke in favour of a "benevolent dictatorship".[8]

Responding to this statement, the Majority Leader of House of Representatives, Hon. Tunde Akogun, said that for democracy to really survive in Nigeria, there must be some mark of dictatorship in decisions to be taken, but stressed that Olajumoke could not have meant a call for a truly dictatorial form of government.[9]

Speaking in June 2009 as chairman of the Senate Committee on Navy, Senator Olajumoke defended the actions of the military Joint Task Force (JTF) in the Niger Delta, saying it is fighting militancy and criminality that negate the economic interest of the nation. He conceded that a political solution is needed to address the problems of the area.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Sen. Bode Olajumoke". National Assembly of Nigeria.  Retrieved 16 September 2009.
  2. ^ Adesanmi, Ayodele. "Olajumoke: My world-view changed day I mistook student cripple for beggar". Sunday Tribune (Nigeria).  20 February 2011.
  3. ^ a b "Bode Olajumoke ...simplicity as hallmark". This Day. . 6 October 2001. Retrieved 16 September 2009.
  4. ^ "The maritime industry has grown beyond Govt capability— Bode Olajumoke". Vanguard Media Ltd. 20 March 2003. Archived from the original on 29 September 2011. Retrieved 16 September 2009. 
  5. ^ "Dr. Bode Olajumoke". Misosath. Archived from the original on 12 February 2005. Retrieved 17 September 2009. 
  6. ^ Dayo Johnson (22 May 2006). "Bode Olajumoke Joins Ondo Senatorial Race". Vanguard. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  7. ^ "Ekweremadu heads Nigerian delegation to US Democratic Party Convention Aug 24 - 28". This Day. 7 July 2008. 
  8. ^ "Nigeria not ripe for full democracy, says Olajumoke". Nigerian Compass. 3 November 2008. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  9. ^ "Nigeria Do Not Need Real Dictatorship - Rep". Nigerian Observer. Archived from the original on 27 November 2010. Retrieved 17 September 2009. 
  10. ^ "JTF fighting for Nigeria’s economic interest — Olajumoke". Vanguard Media. 18 June 2009. Archived from the original on 2 September 2013. Retrieved 17 September 2009.