Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has expressed sadness over the news of the passing of Dr. Olu Onagoruwa, former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.
A release from Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Office of the Vice President extended heartfelt condolences to the Onagoruwa family, his friends and associates on behalf of the government and people of Nigeria.
Prof. Osinbajo also condoled with the government and people of Ogun State, the Nigeria Bar Association as well as the human rights community.
He said “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.
The Acting President 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”, Osinbajo said.
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 said he believes that Onagoruwa’s 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.