Unilorin produced 41 first-class graduates last year, but Abiodun stood out at the 29th convocation for 6,000 graduands for getting the “golden” handshake.
His feat came despite “serious financial challenges” and on the strength of dedication and tenacity, he told Daily Trust.
He was inspired to study law after two years in a Lagos law firm working as a litigation clerk straight out of secondary school. After two failed university admissions, he wanted to convert his experience into academic excellence, he said.
“They would say I should not bother myself that nobody has ever had first class in Law. They think that you are doing too much of the preparation for the exam and it was unnecessary in their own opinion. But I just wanted what I wanted. I prayed very earnestly. I read my books, I started with my friends, prayed and to the glory of God I made first class,” he added.
“There is nothing in this life that is impossible especially when dedication, commitment and prayers are involved,” he said.
Beyond a year at Nigerian Law School, he has three things on his mind. “Those three things relate to one thing. That one thing is nation-building. I want to see how I can contribute to build this nation and those three things I can do to contribute to nation building are lecturing to inspire young people, practice law because I have passion for art of advocacy. The third one is politics.”
The young lawyer said the law profession in Nigeria had recorded tremendous breakthroughs even though it has not reached the promised peak.
“We have had cases of governors being removed, big people being dragged to the court of law. This shows that the law is above us all. But the law profession is still not yet there. “Legal education is not yet where it should be. There are still a lot more to be done in terms of quality of legal research; in terms of access, especially of poor people, to education. Something ought to be done in that respect,” Abiodun advised.