PRESIDENT JONATHAN CONDOLES OPUTA FAMILY
President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has received with a deep feeling of
immense national loss, news of the passing away yesterday of Justice
On behalf of himself, the Federal Government and people of the Federal
Republic of Nigeria, the President extends sincere condolences to the
eminent jurist's family, relatives, associates and friends.
As they mourn the passage of the retired Justice of the Supreme Court who
will always be remembered, amongst other career highlights, for his
celebrated chairmanship of Nigeria's Human Rights Violations Investigation
Commission 14 years ago, President Jonathan urges them to be comforted by
the knowledge that Justice Oputa lived a long, very fulfilled and
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 jurisprudence.
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 prays that God Almighty will receive Justice Oputa's soul and grant him
a well-deserved rest from his diligent and exemplary labours on earth.