The Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun has described Bola Ajibola, the late former Attorney General and Minister of Justice as a jewel of the Law profession and and accomplished judicial officer.
This is as the governor in a condolence message commiserated with President Muhammadu Buhari and the nation’s judiciary on the passing of the former Attorney-General and Minister for Justice.
Ajibola died early Sunday at the age of 89.
The condolence message is contained in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin, in Abeokuta.
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.
Abiodun also commiserated with the Owu Royal Family of the former minister, his friends, former President Olusegun Obasanjo, as well as members of the Baptist Boys’ High School, Old Students Association.
He further noted that the legal icon’s death was saddening, devastating and marked the end of an era.
He maintained that the death of the illustrious son of the state, a celebrated jurist and judicial activist, public intellectual and elder statesman was a severe blow to everyone who knew him.
“Words can not adequately convey my heartfelt sorrow over papa’s death, for he was a kind and beautiful soul, who spread love to all who encountered him,” the statement reads.
The governor who recalled that Ajibola, after serving as President of the Nigerian Bar Association, and also served as the nation’s number one law officer, Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, answered the call to higher duties at the International Court of Justice, Hague, in Netherlands.
“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 a great religious influencer and philanthropist who established the faith-based Crescent University in his hometown, Abeokuta,” he stressed.
Abiodun however urged the Olowu of Owu, Oba Saka Matemilola, the Olowu-in-Council, sons and daughters of the Ajibola lineage and the entire Gbadela Royal Dynasty of Owu to be consoled by the fact that the deceased selflessly served God, humanity during his impactful life.
“On behalf of the government and people of Ogun State, I commiserate with the immediate family of the deceased on this very huge loss.
“May the Almighty Allah grant the family the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss,” Abiodun said.
Born on March 22, 1934, in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Ajibola attended Baptist Boys High School, Oke Saje, Abeokuta and University of London.
He was the president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) between 1984 and 1985.
Ajibola was the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice of Nigeria from 1985 to 1991 and a Judge of the International Court of Justice, Hague, Netherlands, from 1991 to 1994.
He was appointed the Nigeria High Commissioner to the United Kingdom from 1999 to 2002.