Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun has commiserated with President Muhammadu Buhari and the nation’s judiciary on the passing of the former Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Bola Ajibola.
Ajibola, a former Judge of the International Court of Justice, Hague, Netherlands, died on Saturday at midnight aged 89 years.
Shortly after, the President in a statement by his media aide, Femi Adesina, sympathized with the family of Nigeria’s ex-High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.
According to Muhammadu Buhari “His contributions to the development of our legal system cannot be overstated, serving as the Attorney General and Minister for Justice at a critical period in the nation’s history,”
“His patriotic inclinations, integrity, and passion for service and advancement of humanity will continue to resonate after him.”
The governor described Ajibola’s death as a big loss to the judiciary, saying his legacies in the justice administration system, philanthropy and educational development would never be forgotten.
According to Abiodun, ‘’the legal icon’s death was “saddening, devastating and marked the end of an era.”
According to the Nigerian leader, Ajibola, having risen to the pinnacle of his career, took his brilliance in law practice to the International Court of Justice at The Hague, where he served meritoriously between 1991 and 1994. He was also the Nigeria High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, from 1999 to 2002.
“He was a jewel of the Law Profession and an accomplished judicial officer of prodigious hue. Baba was a go-getter who delivered on any assignment committed to his hands because of his belief that service should always come first.
“Besides, he was also a great religious influencer and philanthropist who established the faith-based Crescent University in his hometown, Abeokuta.”
The governor “sympathised with his bosom friend, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and all alumni of BBHS over the demise of a dependable ally and a loyal schoolmate and the Nigerian Judiciary over the loss of its greatest assets and benchers”.
He equally prayed that God will grant the Ajibola family the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.