What Happened When I Was To Get Married & Was Searching For House To Rent, Osinbajo Reveals
I was looking for a good house to rent in 1989 because I was getting married soon.
I met my landlord, a seasoned attorney who clearly focused more on real estate than legal work.
He let me know that there were 3 categories of people he would not rent the property in his care to – Ijebus, Igbos and Lawyers.
I was disqualified on two accounts.
He then said to me, pointing behind him in a few shrivelled-up books on a small bookshelf, that he had the arsenal to destroy any tenant in court if I gave him any trouble.
He later, to his embarrassment, discovered that I was a Law teacher and adviser to the then Attorney General of the Federation and that of course, I am also Ijebu.
I share this to illustrate the point that prejudice and bias are natural aspects of human nature. Everyone has prejudices and preferences that are reinforced by stories and narratives.