Late Justice Kayode Eso
By Aisha Wakaso
Northern States Governors' Forum (NSGF) has described the death of Late Justice Kayode Eso as disheartening, adding that the legal luminary died at a time he still had much to contribute not only to the development of the bar and the bench but to the society in general.
According to the Chairman of the forum and Niger State Governor, Dr. Mu'azu Babangida Aliyu in a condolence statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Danladi Ndayebo, Justice Eso’s death was saddening and painful, particularly that it came at a time when his advice and guidance were required to consolidate the gains made in the nation’s judiciary.
“Regarded as the Father of Judicial Activism, the late Judge was perhaps the greatest single advocate of the independence of the Judiciary and he was well known for his relentless efforts in maintaining discipline and protecting the integrity of the court,” the statement said.
Governor Aliyu urged members of the deceased’s family and colleagues on the bench and bar to take solace in the fact that the late Justice of the Supreme Court lived a fulfilled life of service to the nation and humanity.
He recalled how the late Justice Eso excelled in his carrier on account of hard work, commitment and dedication to duty, virtues which earned him elevation to the nation’s apex court.
Governor Aliyu said he was not surprised that President Goodluck Jonathan picked him out for the prestigious award of the Commander of the Federal Republic (CFR) during the last National Honours Award in September.
The statement prayed Allah to grant eternal rest to the soul of the deceased and to give members of his immediate family and his former colleagues on the bench and the bar the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.