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Jonathan condoles with the Oputas

06 May 2014, 07:43

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Abuja - President Goodluck Jonathan said on Monday that the late Justice Chukwudifu Oputa would be honoured for his significant and indelible contributions to the advancement of Nigeria's jurisprudence.

The President’s remark is contained in a statement issued by Dr Reuben Abati, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity in Abuja.

Abati quoted the President as saying that late Oputa would be remembered for serving the nation as a most distinguished and courageous jurist.

He said the President received with deep feeling of immense national loss, the news of the passing away of Oputa on Sunday.

He added that “on behalf of himself, the Federal Government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the President extends sincere condolences to the eminent jurist’s family, his relatives, associates and friends.”

“As they mourn the passing away of the retired justice of the Supreme Court, he will always be remembered, among other career highlights, for his celebrated chairmanship of Nigeria’s human rights violations investigation commission 14 years ago.”

“President Goodluck Jonathan urges them to be comforted by the knowledge that Justice Oputa lived a long, very fulfilled and achievement-laden life.”

“President Jonathan is confident that although Justice Oputa has now left the world of the living, the late jurist will be long remembered for his spirited legal activism and will continue to serve as a splendid role model for present and future generations of Nigerian judges.”

The President prayed that God would receive Justice Oputa’s soul and grant him a well-deserved rest from his diligent and exemplary labours on earth.

-    NAN

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