Updated: February 26, 2021
The former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi, is dead. He died on Sunday in a London hospital at the age of 78 after a brief illness.
Kutigi’s eldest son, Sani Kutigi, confirmed his father’s passing in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Minna on Sunday.
[read_more id="2" more="Read full article" less="Read less"]
“We are making arrangements to transport our father back for burial,” he said, according to NAN.
Many have been mourning him since the news of his passing was announced.
Former Nigerian Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, in a statement to TODAY NEWS AFRICA said the death of Kutigi has robbed the country and the judiciary of one of the best legal minds whose contribution to democracy cannot be easily forgotten.
The former Vice President said Kutigi was a great Justice who avoided controversy throughout his judicial career, and that his commitment to law and justice and democracy would be remembered for years to come after his death.
Atiku, who is also the presidential candidate of the PDP, recalled that, as chairman of the 2014 National Conference, Kutigi demonstrated admirable wisdom and remarkable leadership in handling such delicate national assignment.
“By successfully chairing such gathering of Nigerians from diverse backgrounds”, Atiku said, Kutigi “showed a great capacity for leadership and broadminded disposition.”
The Waziri Adamawa prayed to Allah to bless and forgive the soul of the late Chief Justice of Nigeria and wished his family the strength to overcome this moment of great loss.