President Muhammadu Buhari has joined the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) in mourning the passing away of a prominent lawyer and jurist, Chief Idowu Sofola (SAN), who led both groups at seperate times.
In a statement by the Special Adviser on Media and publicity, Femi Adesina, Buhari commiserated with the government and people of Ogun State, the Yoruba Elders Council, family and friends of the legal luminary whose successful career over the years chronicles the history and shaping of Nigeria’s legal framework.
As the first African to be elected Secretary General of the International Bar Association, the President believed the elder statesman’s lifelong commitment to learning, and yearning for a better life for the weak and vulnerable, distinguished him early as a leader and role model among his peers.
President Buhari commended Chief Sofola’s contribution to national development, especially in community and human services that have seen many get right judgments, while others got inspirations to rise in the legal profession, reaching the peak of their careers as Senior Advocates of Nigeria.
The president prayed that God will comfort the family he left behind, and grant his soul eternal rest.