Legal luminary and founder, Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti, Chief Afe Babalola, has described late Richard Akinjide as a professional to the core and a fervent believer in the rule of law.
Akinjide died in the early hours of yesterday at the age of 88.
The ABUAD founder, who spoke in a statement entitled, ‘Tribute to Chief Richard Osuolade Akinjide, stated, “I was shocked beyond description when I received the sad news of the departure of the former Attorney-General and Minister of Justice of the Federation, the erudite and brilliant advocate, Chief Richard Osuolale Akinjide, a minister in the Temple of Justice.
“I have seen the departed learned brother of the silk at close quarters. I have seen him at work and I have also seen him at play. I interacted with him in the court and outside the court and found him to be a genial and humble person who is sold to hard work.
“But as traumatizing as the news is, I am consoled by the fact that the departed senior member of the Inner Bar lived a most fulfilled life and imparted his community, particularly the Judiciary, his primary constituency, thereby leaving his giant steps on the sand of judicial times.”