Senate President Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki and the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, have commiserated with people of Kutigi, Niger and Nigerians over the sudden demise of the former Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Idris Kutigi.
DAILY POST report that Kutigi died in a London Hospital at the age of 78.
Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu on Sunday, expressed sadness over the death of the ex-CJN, describing him as an honourable jurist, who spent his life in the service of his country and humanity.
The President of the Senate commiserated with the immediate family of the deceased and urged them to be consoled by the praise-worthy lifestyle of the departed statesman.
He also condoled with the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon. Justice Walter Onnoghen, the Nigerian Judiciary, the people and government of Niger State over the irreplaceable loss.
His statement read in part: “The late Justice Kutigi would be remembered for his high sense of integrity, incisive judgements, reform-mindedness and immense contributions to national development.
“It saddens me that we have lost a vivacious, humane and tireless jurist who, even in retirement, was called upon by former President Goodluck Jonathan to chair the Sovereign National Conference in 2014. We shall all miss him.”
He prayed God to grant the soul of the former CJN a place among the righteous ones in Aljannah Firdaus and his family and loved ones the grace to bear the loss.
Likewise, IGP Idris in a condolence message to NAN described late Kutigi as a humble and complete gentleman.
He urged that the late Chief Justice exemplary leadership in promoting peace, unity and progress in Nigeria should be remembered as his legacy towards making Nigeria a better place to live.
The message read: “Late Legbo-Kutigi was an elder statesman, an exemplary leader and a bridge builder who has contributed immensely to the peace and development of the country
“His death is a huge loss not only to Kutigi people, Bida Emirate, but also to Niger state and the nation as a whole.
“The deceased contributed immensely to the structuring of Nigeria’s jurisprudence. He was a great leader who is also deep in his faith with Allah.
“Even after his tenure as the Chief Justice of Nigeria, he continued with all his good attributes of ensuring justice, peace, unity and progress of not only the state but the country at large.
“The late Legbo-Kutigi showed love to all and sundry, irrespective of their tribe, religious inclination and in spite of these, he was a Godly man who had the interest of his people at heart above any other thing.
“Late Legbo-Kutigi retained the humble and unassuming mien of a technocrat, saying as a leader, he retained the respect of all and sundry.
“He was a bridge builder, an amiable personality who is at home with his people, whose vacuum would be difficult to fill.
“I on behalf of the police family wish to as also condole the governor, Alhaji Sani Bello, his family and all those leaders who advised and helped him when he served as the Chief Justice of Nigeria.”
Kutigi, born in December 1939, died on Sunday in London during a brief illness. Late Kutigi was the Chief Justice of Nigeria from Jan. 30, 2007 until Dec. 30 2009.”