Jonathan: Oputa's death a national loss
President Goodluck Jonathan has described late Justice Chukwudifu Oputa who passed on on Sunday at 89 as a patriot who was committed to the good of Nigeria.
The President, in a statement by his spokesman, Dr. Reuben Abati, said that the death of the elder statesman was a great loss to the country.
According to him, Oputa will always be remembered for his celebrated chairmanship of Nigeria's Human Rights Violations Investigation Commission 14 years ago,
'The president believes that Justice Oputa will always be honoured now and in posterity for having served the nation as a most distinguished and courageous jurist who made very significant and indelible contributions to the advancement of Nigerian jurispudence.
'President Jonathan is confident that although Justice Oputa has now left the world of the living, the late jurist will be long remembered for his spirited legal activism and will continue to serve as a splendid role model for present and future generations of Nigerian judges', he said.
Jonathan, on behalf of himself, the Federal Government and Nigerians, commiserated with Oputa's family, relatives, associates and friends.
The president urged them to be comforted by the knowledge that Oputa lived a long, very fulfilled and achievement-laden life.
According to Abati, Jonathan prays God receive Oputa's soul and grant him a well-deserved rest from his diligent and exemplary labours on earth.