By Ikechukwu Okaforadi and Musa Adamu
Senate has passed a resolution urging the federal government to immortalise the late Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi, who died last Sunday in a London Hospital at the age of 78.
After a debate on a motion to this effect by senator David Umaru (APC, Niger East), the senate specifically asked the federal government to name a national monument in the honour of the late Chief Justice of Nigeria.
Umoru in the motion titled: “Demise of Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi, CON, GCON, Former Chief Justice of Nigeria”, noted with sadness, the demise of Justice Kutigi, who he described as a patriotic Nigerian and jurist per excellence.
He said that the late CJN, who was born on December 31, 1939 was an alumnus of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, as well as the School of Oriental and African Studies, (SOAS), University of London and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1964.
He described the deceased as “a gentleman who during his lifetime occupied the Bench with unquestionable integrity, character, industry and dignity, leaving behind indelible footprints and enduring legacies on the Nigerian judiciary”.
The lawmaker recalled that the deceased, during his tenure as the CJN initiated reforms that began the process of repositioning the Nigerian judiciary into a strong, independent and impartial judiciary.
He added that the late Justice Kutigi was “a patriotic and nationalist whose devotion to the development of Nigeria spurred him to continue to serve the nation even after his retirement as exemplified by his acceptance to serve as the chairman of the national conference convened by the then President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR”.
Contributing, Senators Adamu Aliero, APC-Kebbi Central; Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, APC-Niger North; Aliyu Wamakko, APC-Sokoto North and Victor Umeh, APGA-Anambra Central eulogised the sterling qualities of the late former CJN as a patriotic and nationalist who contributed immensely to the development of country.
In his remarks, the senate president, Dr. Bukola Saraki, said the deceased lived a life full of legacies worthy of emulation by Nigerians.