…Mourns Sofola, SAN
President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Saturday condoled with former President Olusegun Obasanjo over the death of his father in-law, Dr. Christopher Abebe.
Abebe who was the first indigenous Chairman and Managing Director of United Africa Company (UAC), is the father of Obasanjo’s late wife, Stella.
Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja urged the ex-President, the Abebe family and the Government and people of Edo to take solace in the fact that Abebe lived a life worthy of emulation.
He described the late elder statesman as a board room guru and quintessential public servant who carried out his private and public responsibilities diligently and with utmost integrity.
He said: “Abebe was not only a technocrat who helped to shape the growth of private enterprise in the country, he contributed immensely to national development through his services as Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council of three Nigerian Universities.”
He prayed to God to grant the departed soul eternal rest and his beloved ones the fortitude to bear the loss.
Also, Saraki, has expressed grief over the death at 84 of a foremost legal luminary and former President of the Nigeria Bar Association, (NBA), Chief Idowu Sofola SAN.
Saraki 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.