Femi Gbajabiamila, Nigeria’s new Chief of Staff rise to power is tainted by a dark past of misconduct and breach of trust. This disheartening tale sheds light on his checkered history as a lawyer in the United States, where he was sanctioned by the State Bar of Georgia for professional misconduct.
Gbajabiamila’s dubious actions, including absconding with a client’s money and evading prosecution by fleeing to Nigeria, expose a severe lack of integrity and raise serious questions about his suitability for such a high-ranking position.
SaharaReporters explicitly stated in their previous report that Gbajabiamila, with bar number 288330, was suspended from practicing law in the US for 36 months on February 26, 2007, by the highest court in the State of Georgia.
The report states further, “Femi Gbaja, as he was known in the case file, accepted payment of $25,000 as a personal injury claim and deposited those funds in his attorney trust account in January 2003.
He failed to disburse the funds to his client; instead, he withdrew the funds, closed his practice, and left for Nigeria, where he ran for elections to represent Surulere I Federal Constituency in the Federal House of Representatives under the banner of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) in 2003. Upon arrival in Nigeria, curiously, Mr. Femi Gbaja added another name to avoid detection; he is known in Nigeria by the compound name “Femi Gbaja-Biamila”.
Available court documents from the Supreme Court of Georgia sighted by Parallel Facts show the court granted an order suspending Gbajabiamila for 36 months for absconding with his client’s money and relocating to Nigeria to join active politics. To evade prosecution and a possible arrest in the US, Femi Gbajabiamila quickly wrote to the State Bar of Georgia for voluntary discipline.
In August 2010, the State Bar of Georgia released a statement corroborating these facts.The statement reads, “On February 26th, 2007, the supreme court of Georgia entered an order accepting Femi Gbaja’s petition for voluntary discipline, suspending him from the practice of law in Georgia for a period of 36 months. I have attached a copy of the court order.Mr. Gbaja’s professional discipline was based on his admitted violation of the Georgia rule of professional conduct and was not related to a criminal conviction. Mr. Gbaja is currently an active member in good standing of the State Bar of Georgia”.
The appointment of Femi Gbajabiamila as the new Chief of Staff would mark a disheartening continuation of a deeply troubling trend within Nigeria’s corridors of power. With his mentor, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, already implicated in heroin trafficking in the United States, Gbajabiamila’s past indiscretions further solidify the presence of indicted cabals at the highest levels of government in Nigeria.
It is a distressing realization that those entrusted with leading the nation are plagued by allegations of criminal behavior and moral bankruptcy. This revelation casts a dark shadow over Nigeria’s governance, leaving little hope for genuine progress and raising serious concerns about the future trajectory of our country.