Kemi Olaitan in Ibadan
Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State described the disappearance of the Attorney General of the Federation of the Second Republic and Minister of Justice, Chief Richard Akinjide (SAN), as the end of an era and a huge loss for Oyo State , the profession of lawyer, Federal Republic of Nigeria and, in fact, the world in general.
Makinde, who also described the disappearance as the loss of a gem and a bright light, said he was saddened by the disappearance of the main legal luminary.
The governor, in a message of condolences from his press chief, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, described Akinjide as a legal luminary who served his state and country in the best possible way.
He maintained that the ex-minister's death occurred at a time when his wealth of experience and robust versatility in history, politics and law were necessary to provide guidance to the current generation of Nigerian leaders.
He said: “News of the death of our father, leader and one of the last men among the country's top politicians, Chief Richard Akinjide, came to us as a shock.
“This is because Baba, for those who know him or have seen him recently, has shown no sign of slowing down; he continued to lead intelligent, history-filled conversations, offered golden advice on governance and leadership, and remained a great pillar of experience in politics and law.
“His death, without a doubt, is a huge loss for the State of Oyo, in Nigeria and, indeed, in the world, because he was an exemplary indigenous person from Ibadan and the State of Oyo; a depreciated Nigerian who served the country in the best possible way and a citizen of the world.
“We lost a jewel and a brilliant light in Baba Akinjide. I eat with my sister and head of our party, the People's Democratic Party (PDP), Oloye Jumoke Akinjide and the rest of Baba's biological and political children.
"I condoned all the indigenous people of the State of Oyo and Nigerians in the departure of a giant from the position of Akinjide."