By Sanni Onogu, Abuja
On Tuesday, the Senate called for the immortalization of former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Nigeria Federation, late Chief Richard Akinjide.
The upper chamber also maintained a minute's silence in honor of the deceased.
On a point of order, Senator Mohammed Kola Ademola Balogun (PDP – Oyo South) in a motion brought to the floor during the plenary described the former minister who died on April 21, 2020 at the age of 85, as a legal luminary whose mandate left an indelible impact on Nigeria's political and legal history.
According to the legislator, “the late Chief Akinjide was Minister of Education in the government of Prime Minister Tafawa Balewa during the Second Republic and Minister of Justice in the administration of President Shehu Shagari.
“He was a member of the 1975-1977 Constitution Drafting Subcommittee and then joined the National Party of Nigeria in 1978.
“He became the party's legal advisor and was later appointed Minister of Justice.
“Chief Richard Akinjide was the architect of legal mathematics for the & # 39; twelve two thirds & # 39; adopted by the Supreme Court to resolve the presidential election dispute between the Nigeria Unity Party and the National Party of Nigeria in 1983.
The legislator, in listing the achievements of the deceased, said: “It was during the term of the late chief Richard Akinjide as Minister of Education that the University of Lagos was created.
“It was also under his watch as the Federation's attorney general that Nigeria temporarily reserved the execution of armed robbers, the abolition of a decree that prevents exiles from returning to the country.
"He was the main prosecutor in the Bukar Zanna Mandera treason trial," added Senator Balogun.
The legislator expressed sadness "that the death of the former Minister of Justice and Federation Attorney General, Chief Richard Akinjide, ended another chapter in Nigeria's political and legal history."