Justice Kayode Eso
More accolades were Saturday poured on the late retired Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Kayode Eso, who died in a London hospital on Friday.
Describing the late Eso as a jurist who used law as an instrument of social re-engineering, Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mrs Funmi Wakama, said Eso died at a time when the nation would have benefited immensely from his wealth of experience in the ongoing reforms in the justice sector.
“Kayode Eso was an embodiment of all the sterling qualities of an ideal judge. Erudition, sagacity, courage, integrity and commitment are among the noble qualities that defined the life and times of Justice Esho,” the governor said. Amosun recalled that Esho belonged to that golden era of the Nigerian Supreme Court, “which turned out landmark judgements that have remained reference points till date.”
Amosun’s condolence message came as a civil rights group, Access to Justice, described the death of Eso as an “agonising loss for Nigeria.” The Executive Director AJ, Mr. Joseph Otteh, in a statement in Lagos, said the deceased departed “at a particularly difficult time for our country, but most of all, for our country’s judiciary.”
He said, “Justice Eso’s passage is a sad, agonising loss for Nigeria. To lose a voice like his, at a time like this, is wrenching. For many, his presence alone represented hope that one day, his primary constituency – the judiciary – would get things right. The vibrancy of his voice, the zeal of his courage and the authority of his presence will be sorely missed, even as we celebrate a worthy, fulfilled life.”