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Amosun mourns Onagoruwa’s death

Former Attorney – General and Minister of Justice, Dr. Olu Onagoruwa, SAN, has passed away.

The Constitutional lawyer who hailed from Odogbolu, Ogun State, died on Friday morning at his Lekki home, Lagos. He was 80 last year.

Prof. Angelicus Onasanya who told The Nation that he is a cousin of Onagoruwa, said the late elder statesman died in Lagos.

And reacting, Governor Ibikunle Amosun mourned the loss of Olu Onagoruwa, saying the demise of the former human rights activist is sad and would be deeply felt by the downtrodden and oppressed Nigerians whose cause he passionately championed.

In a statement by the Commissioner for Information, Otunba Dayo Adeneye,  Amosun recalled how the commitment of the late Senior Advocate of Nigeria towards the emancipation and better welfare of ordinary citizens, made him a subject of attack by the authorities, particularly during military regimes.

“We cannot also forget his patriotism, which was in the interest of the generality of Nigerians, when as Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, during the regime of the late Gen. Sanni Abacha; he condemned and dissociated himself from some draconian decrees promulgated without his knowledge.

“This action caused him and his family great discomfort but he was uncompromising. Even when his health was failing, he continued to speak against bad governance and human rights abuses,” the Governor added.

He described the  late Onagoruwa as a distinguished human rights advocate and exemplary public officer and said his stand, during his brief tenure as minister, was worthy of emulation by elected and appointed government officials that truly desire a vibrant and people-orientated public service.

He prayed that God will be merciful unto him and grant his family the fortitude to bear the big loss.

Source: Ernest Nwokolo, Abeokuta

The Nation

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