Oyo State Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde, has described the demise of the Second Republic Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Chief Richard Akinjide (SAN), as the end of an era and a huge loss to Oyo State, the legal profession, the Federal Republic of Nigeria and indeed, the world at large.
Governor Makinde, who also described the demise as the loss of a gem and a shining light, said he was saddened by the demise of the foremost legal luminary.
The Governor, in a condolence message made available through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Taiwo Adisa, described late Chief Akinjide as a legal luminary who served his State and country to the best of his ability.
He maintained that the former Minister’s death came at a period that his wealth of experience and robust versatility in history, politics and law was needed to offer direction to the current generation of Nigerian leaders.
The Governor said: “The news of the death of our father, leader and one of the last men standing among the foremost politicians of the country, Chief Richard Akinjide, came to us as a shock because Baba, for those who know him or has seen him in recent time, did not shown any sign of slowing down; he continued to lead intelligent and history-laden conversations, offered golden advice on governance and leadership and remained a great pillar of experience in politics and law.
Governor Makinde commiserate with Oloye Jumoke Akinjide, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the rest of Baba’s biological and political children, also with all indigenes of Oyo State and Nigerians on the exit of a giant of Akinjide’s standing.