Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, has expressed sadness over the news of the passing of Dr. Olu Onagoruwa, former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice. A statement by Osinbajo’s media aide said he has extended his heartfelt condolences to the Onagoruwa family, his friends and associates on behalf of the government and people of Nigeria.
The acting president has also condoled with the government and people of Ogun State, the Nigeria Bar Association as well as the human rights community.
According to the Acting President, the life and times of Dr Olu Onagoruwa, an ardent advocate of the rule of law and constitutionalism reflected a combination of profound scholarship, courage in the face of tyranny and admirable grace in conduct and manner, even in grave travails and trials.
Osinbajo stated that as a lawyer, Onagoruwa served the oppressed and gave voice to the voiceless, fearlessly and selflessly.
He was a tireless proponent of the freedom of the press and a champion of fundamental human rights in Nigeria.
He proved to be principled and forthright both in private practice and as Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.
The Acting President noted that the nation today mourns a true patriot who served his nation and its people with singular zeal and dedication.
Prof Osinbajo believes that his legacy as a scholar, writer, human rights activist, and strong voice for the less-privileged in the Nigerian society will long be remembered
He prayed that the Almighty God will comfort his family, friends and associates and bless the memory of Dr. Olu Onagoruwa.