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The Governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun, has offered his condolences to President Muhammadu Buhari, the Nigerian judiciary, and Ajibola’s family over the death of former Attorney General and Minister for Justice, Prince Bola Ajibola.
The governor expressed that Ajibola’s passing was a major loss to the judiciary and highlighted his lasting impact on the legal profession, philanthropy, and education in Nigeria.
Offering sympathies to the Owu Royal Family, former President Olusegun Obasanjo, and members of the Baptist Boys’ High School Old Students Association, Abiodun described Ajibola’s death as a sad and significant event that marked the end of an era.
He said this in a statement released on Sunday by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin, in Abeokuta.
The governor said: “The death of this illustrious son of Ogun State, a celebrated jurist and judicial activist, public intellectual and elder statesman, is a severe blow to all of us who knew him
“Words cannot adequately convey my heartfelt sorrow over Papa’s death, for he was a kind and beautiful soul who spread love to all who encountered him.”
The governor mentioned that Prince Ajibola held various high-ranking positions in Nigeria, including serving as the President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Attorney General, and Minister of Justice, adding that he then left these positions to take on greater responsibilities as a member of the International Court of Justice in The Hague.
“He was a jewel of the Law Profession and an accomplished judicial officer of prodigious hue. Baba was a go-getter who delivered on any assignment committed to his hands because of his belief that service should always come first.
“Besides, he was a great religious influencer and philanthropist who established the faith-based Crescent University in his hometown, Abeokuta.
“He not only supported but funded some other altruistic projects and promoted research and scholarship through his establishment of an Islamic co-educational institution, Crescent University, in Nigeria in 2005, and he served as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Muslim Ummah of South West Nigeria (MUSWEN). He was also the High Commissioner of Nigeria to the United Kingdom from 1999 to 2002”, the statement stated.
However, the governor encouraged the Olowu of Owu, Oba (Prof) Saka Matemilola, Otileta VII, the Olowu-in-Council, members of the Ajibola family, and the entire Gbadela Royal Dynasty of Owu to take comfort in the knowledge that the deceased devoted himself wholeheartedly to serving God and humanity throughout his meaningful life on earth.
“On behalf of the government and people of Ogun State, I commiserate with the immediate family of the deceased on this very huge loss. I also commiserate with President Muhammadu Buhari on the loss which signifies the dwindling class of sages in the country.
“I condole his bosom friend, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and all alumni of BBHS over the demise of a dependable ally and a loyal schoolmate and the Nigerian Judiciary over the loss of its greatest assets and Benchers. May the Almighty Allah grant the family the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss,” the statement surmised.
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