President Muhammadu Buhari and Senate President Bukola Saraki have expressed sadness over the death of former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Idris Kutigi.
Kutigi died in a London hospital at the age of 78.
In separate statements, Buhari and Saraki prayed for the repose of his soul.
While commiserating with the Kutigi family, members of the judiciary and legal profession and government and people of Niger State, Buhari said the former CJN would be long remembered and honoured for “his visionary roles and contributions in the advances our country has made towards building a strong, independent and impartial judiciary, which is sine qua non for democracy to thrive.”
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Buhari said throughout his career in the apex court, the former CJN’s bold and articulate judicial decisions, advocacies on access to justice for all and protection of judicial independence were extant signposts for the advancement of the noble profession in the country and beyond.
The president urged all who mourned the late jurist to honour his memory by working for a better and just society, in addition to upholding the virtues associated with him during his lifetime of long and dedicated service to the nation.
Buhari’s message is contained in a statement issued by his media aide, Femi Adesina.
In his message issued by his media aide, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki said the death of the jurist was a colossal loss.
He said it was unfortunate that his death came at a time when his experience, dedication and knowledge were required in the service of the country.
He stated that the late Justice Kutigi would be remembered for his high sense of integrity, incisive judgements, reform-mindedness and immense contributions to national development.
“It saddens me that we have lost a vivacious, humane and tireless jurist who, even in retirement, was called upon by former President Goodluck Jonathan to chair the Sovereign National Conference in 2014. We shall all miss him,” Saraki stated.
Saraki prayed God to grant the soul of the former CJN.