Tam­buwal, NBA mourn G.O.K. Ajayi

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ade­lanwa Bamg­boye & Musa Ab­dul­lahi Kr­ishi

Speaker of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Aminu Waziri Tam­buwal has de­scribed the death of le­gal lu­mi­nary Chief God­win Oluse­gun Ko­la­wole Ajayi (SAN) as a loss to the le­gal pro­fes­sion and Nigeria.

A state­ment is­sued by the speaker’s me­dia aide Imam Imam in Abuja quoted him as say­ing late Chief Ajayi was a thor­ough dis­ci­plinar­ian whose works will be cher­ished for a long time to come.

He said the late Chief Ajayi was an in­spi­ra­tion and a role model who made im­mea­sur­able con­tri­bu­tions to the growth of the le­gal pro­fes­sion in Nigeria and be­yond.

Also, the Nige­rian Bar As­so­ci­a­tion (NBA) said it re­ceived with shock the news of the tran­si­tion of Chief G.O.K Ajayi.

NBA Pres­i­dent Okey Wali SAN yes­ter­day in a state­ment de­scribed the de­ceased as “one of the best gen­tle­men I have ever come across”.

For­mer At­tor­ney Gen­eral of the Fed­er­a­tion and Min­is­ter for Jus­tice, Chief Bayo Ojo, SAN said the world would miss Chief G.O.K. Ajayi.

Ojo said his death had drawn the cur­tains on the finest era of le­gal ac­tivism in the coun­try.

He said Ajayi stood per­ma­nently on the side of the op­pressed.

“He fought a gal­lant bat­tle of life. He con­quered. His lega­cies are unim­peach­able. The jus­tice sec­tor in Nigeria has lost a con­stant voice of truth. Africa has lost a bright le­gal mind,” he said.

Chief Ajayi who was a renowned le­gal lu­mi­nary pop­u­larly known as GOK Ajayi, ac­cord­ing to fam­ily sources, died last Fri­day af­ter an undis­closed ill­ness that kept him away from the pub­lic for over eight years. He was aged 83.

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A seller along Kubwa road in Abuja at the weekend. MACJOHN AKANDE

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