Saraki, Ex-Gov OGD Mourn Idowu Sofola

President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has expressed grief over the death of a foremost legal luminary and  former President of the Nigeria Bar Association, (NBA), Chief Idowu Sofola SAN at the age of 84.

Also, former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba (Engr.) Gbenga Daniel has said that Chief Idowu Sofola’ death is a great loss to the Yoruba nation and Nigeria at large considering his patriotic zeal and tenacious passion for entrenchment of democracy in the country.


Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, described Sofola as a counsel of counsel who bestrode the nation’s legal space for almost six decades like a colossus.


He said that the accomplished jurist and Chairman, Body of Benchers made his mark in the legal profession at both the national and international arena with distinction.


“A shinning legal star has dimmed. We shall all miss him,” Saraki said. “He lived a highly successful life and his works will continue to speak for him.”


He commiserated with the immediate  family of the deceased, NBA, Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE), the Government and people of Ogun State over the sad and irreparable loss.


He prayed Allah to grant the deceased Aljannah Firdaus and his family the fortitude to bear the loss.


Daniel, who  described the news of the deceased as shocking, stated that apart from making his mark as a shining light in the legal profession, Chief Sofola was a core nationalist who believed in a country of unity,  peace, justice and equity”.


“His immense contributions as the leader of Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE) and passion for  a united Nigeria whatever the diversities made him a   worthy elder statesman and national icon”, Daniel added.


He said: “The last time I met him, he was his vivacious self and he talked a lot about the way forward through restructuring and true federalism. It is is a great pity that Papa left us at this crucial moment in the history of the country when his advice and experience are needed most. No doubt. We shall miss his wise counsel, candid opinion on issues, vision and progressive philosophy”.


He then commiserated with the good people of Ikenne-Remo, Ogun State and Nigerians in general on the demise of a great nationalist and an exceptional role model.