President Muhammadu Buhari has joined millions of Nigerians in mourning a former Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Idris Kutigi, who died on Saturday after a brief illness.
In a statement issued Sunday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President extended heartfelt condolences to the Kutigi family, members of the judiciary and legal profession, as well as the government and people of Niger State on the death of the eminent jurist.
Buhari said the elder statesman would be long remembered and honoured for his visionary roles and contributions to nation building.
According to him, Justice Kutigi also made contributions towards building a strong, independent and impartial judiciary, which is sine qua non for democracy to thrive.
Throughout his career in the apex court, President Buhari believes that 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 asked those who mourn 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.
He prayed the Almighty God to comfort Kutigi’s family, friends and associates, and grant eternal rest to the soul of the departed.
A former Attorney-general of Niger State, Kutigi was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1992 and named as Chief Justice in 2007.