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Obasanjo, Makinde, Olubadan mourn Akinjide

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FORMER President, OlusegunObasanjo has described the former Attorney General of the Federation and Justice Minister, Richard Akinjide who died on Tuesday as a titan in the legal profession.

  Mourning him in a condolence message issued by the ex-president’s media aide, Obasanjo noted that the  legal luminary was a nationalist and patriot, who built bridges of love, goodwill, unity and tolerance which are the necessary ingredients for the perpetuation of a cohesive, strong, and stable Nigerian nation.

  He said: “Nigeria has been robbed by death of a shining star and one of its best and brightest.

  “Chief Akinjide was a titan in the study and practice of the law as is evident from a stellar career spanning almost the entire spectrum of the legal profession. His life as a most cerebral legal luminary; a profound thinker; a well-informed writer; an astute administrator and a die-hard patriot and democrat, were most inspiring.”

  Meanwhile, the Oyo State Governor, SeyiMakinde, has described the demise of the Second Republic Attorney-General of the federation and Minister of Justice, Chief Richard Akinjide (SAN), as the end of an era and a huge loss to Oyo State, the legal profession, the Federal Republic of Nigeria and indeed, the world at large.

  Governor Makinde, who also described the demise as the loss of a gem and a shining light, said that he was saddened by the demise of the foremost legal luminary.

  The governor, in a condolence message made available through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. TaiwoAdisa, described Akinjide as a legal luminary who served his state and country to the best of his ability.

The governor said: “The news of the death of our father, leader and one of the last men standing among the foremost politicians of the country, Chief Richard Akinjide, came to us as a shock.

  “His death, no doubt, is a huge loss to Oyo State, Nigeria and indeed, the world, because he was an exemplary indigene of Ibadan and Oyo State; a detribalised Nigerian, who served the country to the best of his ability and a citizen of the world.

  “I condole with all indigenes of Oyo State and Nigerians on the exit of a giant of Akinjide’s standing.”

  Also the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba SaliuAdetunji has described the passage of Nigeria’s former Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Chief Richard Akinjide (SAN), as a monumental loss to the nation.

  Oba Adetunji noted that late Chief Akinjide as an accomplished lawyer and politician gave a very good account of himself as the first Republic Minister of State, Education and Second Republic Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation with his robust exchange of ideas.

  According to the monarch, Chief Akinjide who also served as a chieftain in the Olubadan of Ibadan’s court of clan nobles was a patriot who displayed a great love for his fatherland and people.

  While praying God to give his family and associates the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss, Olubadan stated that the vacuum left by Akinjide’s exit would be very hard to fill.

  Earlier, President MuhammaduBuhari, the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, had taken turns to mourn the former Justice Minister.

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