The Senate has called for the immortalization of Nigeria’s former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Chief Richard Akinjide. This followed the senate’s one-minute silence in honour of the deceased.
Raising a point of order, Senator Mohammed Kola Ademola Balogun (PDP – Oyo South) in a motion brought to the floor during plenary described the former Minister who died on April 21, 2020, at the age of 85 as a legal luminary whose tenure left an indelible impact in Nigeria’s Political-Legal history.
“The late Chief Akinjide was a Minister of Education in the government of Prime Minister Tafawa Balewa during the Second Republic and the Minister for Justice in the administration of President Shehu Shagari.
“He was a member of the Judicial System’s Drafting of the Constitution sub-committee of 1975-1977 and later joined the National Party of Nigeria in 1978. He became the Legal Adviser for the Party and was later appointed the Minster of Justice.”
“Chief Richard Akinjide was the architect of the twelve Two Third Legal Mathematics adopted by the Supreme Court to resolve the Presidential Election Litigation between the Unity Party of Nigeria and the National Party of Nigeria in 1983,” he said and reeled out other contributions of the late former Justice Minister.