President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has consoled the family of Justice Chukwudifu Oputa who died yesterday, asking them to take heart as the late judge lived a long and fulfilled life.
In a tribute, signed by his special adviser on media and publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, the President said that the retired Justice of the Supreme Court will always be remembered, amongst other career highlights, for his celebrated chairmanship of Nigeria’s Human Rights Violations Investigation Commission 14 years ago, President Jonathan.
He advised the family to be comforted by the knowledge that Justice Oputa “lived a long, very fulfilled and achievement-laden life.
The President believes that Justice Oputa will always be honoured now and in posterity for having served the nation as a most distinguished and courageous jurist who made very significant and indelible contributions to the advancement of Nigerian jurisprudence.
President Jonathan expressed confidence that although Justice Oputa has now left the world of the living, he will be long remembered for his spirited legal activism and will continue to serve as a splendid role model for present and future generations of Nigerian judges.
He prayed to God tol receive Justice Oputa’s soul and grant him a well-deserved rest from his diligent and exemplary labours on earth.