The monarch described his passage as a monumental loss to Nigeria.
The Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, has described the late Chief Richard Osuolale Abimbola Akinjide (SAN), Nigeria’s former Attorney General and Minister of Justice as a patriot who displayed a great love for his fatherland and her people.
Akinjide passed on in the early hours of Tuesday. The monarch described his passage as a monumental loss to Nigeria.
Olubadan, in a statement issued by his Director of Media and Publicity, Mr. Adeola Oloko, further described the late Akinjide as an accomplished lawyer and politician who gave a very good account of himself as the First Republic Minister of State, Education and Second Republic Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation with his robust exchange of ideas.
Akinjide also served as a chieftain in the Olubadan of Ibadan’s court of clan nobles.
Olubadan recalled that the legendary lawyer who made Grade 1 Distinction (aggregate 6) in his senior school certificate examinations in the early fifties used to be a reference point and mentor to generations of youths who imbibed hard work, diligence and dedication to duty
The revered monarch added that he was not surprised when on Sunday, March 8 this year, the Yemi Soladoye-led Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes (CCII) put the late Chief Akinjide’s picture among those etched in Ibadan’s Hall of Fame at Ibadan House, Oke Aremo in an impressive ceremony.
Oba Adetunji who further stated that the vacuum left by his exit would be hard to fill prayed God to give his family and associates the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.