institution founded by Bola Ajibola, a former Nigerian Attorney-General and ex-judge at the International Court of the Justice.
The traditional ruler was a veteran journalist before mounting the throne, having served with the Daily Times for over a decade and as Group Public Relations Manager of the defunct Nigeria Airways.
The monarch in an interview with Penpushing in his palace while explaining update on his law academic pursuit,said that after obtaining his degree he has commence a nine months duration course at Law School,in Lagos.
The royal father said,he has resumed class alongside his school mates ,having gained admission at the Law School,in Victoria Island,Lagos.
He added further,that he is also residing in the hostel with his course mates,.
‘I have resume to Law School at Victoria Island, Lagos. I am staying in the hostel, and have equally secured hostel accommodation’,he said. Ogunleye posited that,it was his personal choice to stay in the hostel,like a student,explaining that,there is a difference between traditional ruler and a student.
‘It is my choice to stay in the hostel. I don’t want to be isolated. Infact, we are four in the hostel,and it is a known fact that,there is a difference between a traditional ruler and a student’,he said.
‘The crown is in the palace,and the traditional ruler is in the palace. There is difference between Femi Ogunleye as traditional ruler,and Femi Ogunleye as a student. I am in the school as Femi Ogunleye and not traditional ruler’,he emphasised.
The 73 year old lawyer disclosed that on completion of the Law School programme, he would established his chamber,and specialised in alternative dispute resolution, which is in line with his role as a traditional ruler’
‘I am going to practice as a lawyer on completion of the programme,but am going to specialised on alternative dispute resolution which is in line with my role as a traditional ruler. I am going to open a chamber,and also employed lawyers, who will be appearing in court’,he stated
It is recalled that,Ogunleye was one of the pioneer law students of Bola Ajibola College of Law of the Crescent University, Abeokuta.
The course took them five years,while the university graduated 39 Law students in his set, one with First Class, 16 with Second Class Upper, 14 with Second Class Lower and three with Third Class.
The traditional ruler who was the oldest among the law students, said, his love for education saw him through the challenges of the programme.
“I enrolled for Diploma in Law at the university in 2012, to break the monotony of traditional mundane palace paradigm. But with an Upper Credit at the end of the Diploma, I was offered a direct entry to 200 Level, which now saw me acquiring an LLB degree with Second Class Upper,” Mr. Ogunleye recalled.
“By graduating in Law at 73, I have thrown a challenge to the youth and other senior citizens that there is no age barrier to educational advancement,” he declared.