Lateef Olufemi Okunnu

Lateef Olufemi Okunnu SAN (born 19 February 1933) is a Nigerian lawyer and former pro-chancellor and chairman governing council of the University of Agriculture, Makurdi.[1][2]

Lateef Olufemi Okunnu
Pro-chancellor of the University of Agriculture, Makurdi
In office
Personal details
Born (1933-02-19) 19 February 1933 (age 88)
Lagos State, Nigeria
Political partyIndependent

Life and careerEdit

He was born on 19 Feb. 1933 in Lagos State, Nigeria. He had his primary education at Ansar-U-Deen School, Alakoro between 1938 and 1947. He later attended Kings College, in Lagos state (1948-1953).[3][4] In 1956, he proceeded to the University of London where he obtained a first degree in Law. He was called to Nigerian bar in 1960.[5] He began his career in 1960 as a Legal Practitioner and was appointed Federal Commissioner for Works and Housing in 1967.[6] He served in this capacity for seven years, a tenure that ended in 1974. He was later appointed as Deputy Legal Adviser to the National Party of Nigeria (N.P.N.) In 1981.[7]

Official dutiesEdit

He was appointed as Leader of the Federal Government Delegation to the Organisation of African Unity Consultative Committee on Nigeria Peace Talks to end the Civil War in 1968 and in 1969, he was appointed Leader of the Nigerian Delegation to the O.A.U. Ministerial Conference. In 1980, he was member of the Nigerian Delegation to the General Assembly of the U.N.O. He was later appointed as pro-chancellor of the University of Agriculture, Makurdi in 1982.

Awards and honoursEdit

  • Senior Advocate of Nigeria (S.A.N)
  • Commander of the Order of the Republic of Niger (CON)
  • Commander de I, Ordre National Du Dahomey and Commander National Order of Togo.
  • He was awarded with an honorary doctorate degree during the 50th convocation ceremony of the University of Lagos [1]


His name "Olufemi" means "God loves me" in Yoruba[8]


  1. ^ "I was taught to respect opposing views - Lateef Okunnu - Vanguard News". Vanguard News. Retrieved 28 November 2014.
  2. ^ "Aregbesola backs Jihad, flays Boko Haram attacks". The Punch - Nigeria's Most Widely Read Newspaper. Archived from the original on 5 December 2014. Retrieved 28 November 2014.
  3. ^ "Nigeria's first Ansar-ud-den College of Education clocks 10, says school not for Musilms [sic] alone". DailyPost Nigeria. Retrieved 28 November 2014.
  4. ^ RapidxHTML. "The Nigeria Academy of Engineering :: promoting excellence in technology and engineering training and practice to ensure the technological growth and economic development of Nigeria". Retrieved 28 November 2014.
  5. ^ Amidu Arije. "'Boko Haram doesn't represent Islam'". Retrieved 28 November 2014.
  6. ^ "[General] The Femi Okunnu Interview [Part 1: Dangers of Zoning]". Village Square Forum. Retrieved 28 November 2014.
  7. ^ "Olufemi Okunnu kills federation - The Nigerian Eye Newspaper: Breaking news in Nigeria as well as Nigerian News, ghana news, information and opinion on sports, business, politics and more from Nigeria's most read newspaper". Retrieved 28 November 2014.
  8. ^ "Olufemi". Behind the Name. Retrieved December 20, 2014.

See alsoEdit

University of London