President Muhammadu Buhari, Senate President, Bukola Saraki; All Progressives Congress’ national leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu; Governor of Niger State, Abubakar Bello; and the Peoples Democratic Party, among others, on Sunday, extended condolences to the Kutigi family on the death of Justice Idris Kutigi, a former Chief Justice of Nigeria.
In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, the President said Kutigi would be long remembered and honoured for his visionary roles and contributions in the advances of Nigeria.
Buhari also commiserated with members of the judiciary, the government and people of Niger State on the death of the jurist, who was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1992 and named as Chief Justice in 2007.
The statement read, “The President joins them in mourning the elder statesman, who will be long remembered and honoured for his visionary roles and contributions in the advancement our country has made towards building a strong, independent and impartial judiciary, which is the sine qua non for democracy to thrive.
“Throughout his career in the apex court, President Buhari believes that the former CJN’s bold and articulate judicial decisions, advocacies on access to justice for all and protection of judicial independence are extant signposts for the advancement of the noble profession in the country and beyond.”
In a statement issued on Sunday by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki said the death of Kutigi was a colossal loss that came at a time when his experience, dedication and knowledge were required in the service of the country.
In a statement by Tinubu Media Office on Sunday, the APC leader described Kutigi and Hamman Tukur, a former Chairman of the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission, as statesmen and distinguished Nigerians that served the country creditably in their different areas of specialisation and capacities.
He added that they would be sorely missed not only by their families and home-states but also by the country at large.
The National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement in Abuja on Sunday, said as the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Kutigi ensured the independence of the judiciary as an arm of government and contributed in no little way in providing direction to the nation at very critical moments in the nation’s development.
The Governor of Niger State, Bello, expressed shock over Kutigi’s demise.
Bello described the death of the legal luminary as a colossal loss to the country in general, the state in particular as well as the legal profession.