The global president of foremost human rights group, One Love Foundation, Chief Patrick Osagie Eholor, is set to be conferred with an Honorary Doctorate Degree by an American/Canadian-based University, The Rescue Mission Theological University on July 17, 2022.
This was contained in a letter with the subject: ‘Letter of Conferment’ which was signed by the school’s Vice Chancellor, Rev Prof. Greg Stephens.
The letter read in part, “We write to acknowledge that your nomination for the 2022 Honorary DoctorateAward by the Africa Satellite Campus of the above University in collaboration with OFORI MEDIAP and her nomination team has approved your candidature for this year prestigious Theological Honorary Doctorate.”
Rescue Mission Theological University is an America/Canada based University.
Below is a brief citation of the degree recipient, Chief Patrick Osagie Eholor:
Biography of a world class Activist Founder/President, One Love Family & Caring Association (One Love Foundation, Nigeria)
ADDRESS: Freedom Castle, No. 1
Izegbuwa Crescent, Off Omogiate Street, Off Ugbor Road, Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria.
TEL:+2348060062354, +1 (416) 618-1612.
OBJECTIVE/PHILOSOPHY: Committing entire life essence to making the world a better place where there is no master or slave, high or low caste but one global community of love and justice that is truly a melting-pot of caring humanity for
one another irrespective of race, tribe, skin colour, religion and station of birth, reflecting this in my business endeavours, investments in human right crusades, philanthropy, politics, literary art, scholarship and leisure.
MARITAL STATUS: Married.
LGA OF ORIGIN: Oredo/Ovia North East LGA.
PLACE OF BIRTH: Benin City, Nigeria.
DATE OF BIRTH: December 24, 1964.
RELIGION: Freethinker, Love.
Institutions Attended, Qualification, Date:
Oza Primary School, Benin City,
PSLC, 1971 -1976
Obayantor, Edo State.
Correspondence Course in Sociology,
Certificate in Sociology, 1994
Humber College, Etobicoke, Canada.
WORK EXPERIENCE/BUSINESS PROFILE
Position Held, Organization:
Land & Real Estate Agent
(Self-employment) 1978 – 1981
Ultimate Equals Simplicity Ent.
P & R Global Ent. Ltd.,
Evoleno Nig. Ltd, Benin City.
Izegbuwa Farms Ltd., Benin City.
Enobore Oil & Gas Nig. Ltd., B/City.
Le Patriot Hotel & Plaza, Lagos.
CEO/Lè Patriot Country Hotel Benin City.
Makia Media Online & TV News
Blog (makiamedia.com), Edo
Evening News, 1st Edo indigenous
One Love Family & Caring
Association (One Love Foundation,
Diligence, integrity & honesty.
Passionate, self-motivated, team motivating social crusade conviction.
Intense family spirit, ideal parenting values, friendship and honour.
Persists and thrives under pressure and demanding goals.
INTERESTS / HOBBIES:
Swimming, reading books and news of local and global events.
Aerobics & sports.
SOCIAL CRUSADE & HUMAN RIGHTS PROFILE
2000: Founded One Love Family & Caring Association (One Love Foundation, Nigeria, for short); a non-profit non-governmental organization for justice and
human rights campaigns across Nigeria.
2007-2016: Compelled government attention to amenities and infrastructure denied oil producing seaport community, Gelegele, in Ovia North East council area of native Edo state, South-South Nigeria.
2008: Organized, single-handedly funded One Million Man protest that shut down the busiest public highway in Africa, the 247km BBC oft-reported Lagos-Benin Expressway, to bring Nigeria’s Federal Government attention to perilous conditions of the road. This resulted in stormy national parliamentary debates and a #300billion presidential budget approval for rehabilitation and reconstruction of deplorable spans of the road.
2009: Founded and funded popular box-office TV programme, One Love Forum, airing on government owned national television network, NTA Benin, which brought election violence in Nigeria into sharp focus in the radar of government and NGOs nationwide. The impact gave birth to the social crusader promoting and pioneering the famous One-Man One-Vote crusade and catch phrase whose flavor Nigeria state governors and political lobbyists of presidential candidates picked up, thence heightening the consciousness of ballot integrity across Nigeria.
SINCE 2009: Founding crusader of Close-their-Legs, Open-their-Brains campaign against sex-for-marks trauma and abuse of women by lecturers of Nigeria universities and higher institutions of learning. This campaign has since emboldened female scholars nationwide to resist, report and testify in courts against sexual pressures by predatory lecturers, leading to sack and high profile prison conviction of culpable lecturers, including professors, in Nigeria universities especially since 2016.
SINCE 2010: Vocal crusader of freedom of information on demand by Nigeria public, advocating unhindered access to records of public expenditures by government ministries, departments and agencies.
This was eventually passed into
law as the Freedom of Information Act by Nigeria’s parliament on May 28, 2013.
SINCE 2011: Pioneered landmark litigations enforcing provisions of the FOI Act against Nigeria’s elected public officers. Some notable litigations include:
(i) Suit against former Edo state governor, His Excellency Aliu Oshiomhole, and his
Commissioner for Health, Engr. Clement Agba, for public disclosure of expenditure details of #25billion state loan meant to execute Benin capital city Storm Water project but embezzled by state actors.
(ii) A suit upheld by federal high court preventing state governor, His Excellency Aliu Oshiomhole, from selling to private proxies of state actors Edo House, the equivalent of a state embassy in another state of the Nigeria federation.
(iii) Litigation against current state governor, His Excellency Godwin Obaseki, to make public and to justify additional #38billion state loan and projects expended in the light of meagre projects on ground.
(iv) Suit seeking his district’s senator in parliament, Senator Ehigie Uzamere to publicly disclose his emoluments and salaries, preparatory to a grand recall process for non-performance. The respondent senator narrowly escaped recall fall because the suit came at the terminal months of completing his single term and he never achieved re-election because of the foundation’s FOI action.
Other civil right litigations and public mobilization against wrongdoing by
state and private sector institutions in Nigeria include Patrick Eholor vs. Nigeria Customs against checkpoint killings of merchant citizens by Customs officers often occurring during demands for bribes, Central Bank of Nigeria currency abuse and fraudulent service charges by Nigeria banks, public mobilization rallies and media conferences to enforce compliance and non-diversion by Nigeria state governors of Paris Club debt reliefs from relief specified public interest projects since 2008 to date remains a historical landmark in Nigeria’s public treasury probity advocacy.
One of the forerunner of the Endsars protester who unfortunately was being victimise by the Nigerian Police Force on October 20 2021.
4 August 20221 he asked AGF, Police to prosecute, initiate extradition process against Abba Kyari to US using a lawsuit with the number FCT/HC/216/2021.
The one behind Gloria Okolie’s release who was illegally imprisoned and tagged IPOB SPY.
OCTOBER 2019: Foremost civil society recipient of African Award for Exponential Human Rights Advocacy by Africa Bar Association and special guest of Liberia’s president, His Excellency George Weah, at the Africa lawyers event in Monrovia, Liberia.
Friend and patron of Special Children, People with Disability NGOs for
sustained multi-decade material and financial donations.
Inducted Friend and Patron-Saint of Orphans Acre, faith based sustainable
livelihood for orphanages programme in recognition of years of critical funding support.
Power Inverters donated to Ugbor and Etete Police Divisions of Edo state
Police Command to augment poor power supply and improve services by the police precincts.
Power Inverters donated to Edo State Specialist Hospital to improve power supply in infirmary facilities which offer critical life support medical services to the public.
Hundreds of small and medium scholarship support funding to indigent and exceptional students, numerous financial contributions to student unions of various Nigerian universities literally totaling millions of naira in the last 25 years.
Patron, financial donor to various youth football tournaments in Edo and Delta states of Nigeria.
Campaigns for the reform of the diverse security outfits in Nigeria, including the police, army and others. His campaigns for reform in the police force began over 7 years before the uprising of youths called ‘#ENDSARS.
Notably, Chief Patrick Eholor was arrested on October 20, 2021, when he joined other Nigerians to commemorate the #EndSARS protest at Lekki Toll Gate. The words in his mouth were that ‘the police has not learnt their lessons, and that it’s time for the police to demand for reforms’, when he was arrested by the same policemen he was speaking for!
*Chief Eholor again, single-handedly organised a protest March Against the Ministry of Roads and Housing, headed by Babatunde Fashola, and along with some. Edo citizens, they blocked the popular Sapele Road to demand for its repairs. This happened in late 2021, and Governor Godwin Obaseki was forced to bring in paliatuve measures to fix the road.
*Instituted cases against the Federal Government on the following:
Twitter ban, murder of young Jumoke Oyeleke, a 14 year old girl shot by the police during Yoruba rally in July 2021,
×suit against federal government over Lekki Toll Gate massacre,
×Joined case against FG/Police over arrest of lady because her boyfriend is a member of IPOB
x Sued FG for planning to enforce section 5,4,3,1 of the NBC code on all broadcasting stations, etc…
*Giving prisoners a second chance
*Dragging the chairman of Code of Conduct Bureau, Uma Danladi to the the floor of Senate
*Taking the Federal Government to court to legalize firearms for Nigerians for the purpose of self defense only
*Providing Nigerians with political education and information, especially regarding 2023 General Elections
*Taking all the federal law makers in Edo State to court to account for projects
*Taking University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) to court due to its exploitative tendencies regarding the COVID-19 test
2007-2014: Leader, Labour Party, Edo State.
2012: Labour Party Governorship Candidate.
2019: Deputy National President, Atikulated Agenda Nigeria
Current Era: Non-aligned good governance stakeholder/crusader.
CIVIL SOCIETY PROFILE
*Member, Amnesty International.
*Patron, African Bar Association.
Federal Republic of Nigeria.
*Founder and president, One Love Foundation, Nigeria.