Politics President Jonathan Mourns Former AG Chike Offodile

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President Goodluck Jonathan has expressed sadness over the passing away of Chief Chike Offodile (SAN), former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.

A press release issued on behalf of the President by Reuben Abati, Special Adviser to the President on Media & Publicity read, "President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has received with sadness, news of the passing away of Chief Chike Offodile (SAN), former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.

On behalf of himself and the Federal Government, President Jonathan extends sincere commiserations to Chief Offodile's family, the Obi and people of Onitsha as well as friends and professional colleagues of the former Minister who also served his native community as the Onowu Iyasele of Onitsha.

The President joins them in giving thanks to God Almighty for Chief Offodile's long and fulfilled life in the course of which he distinguished himself in the legal profession and service to his community and fatherland.

The nation, President Jonathan believes, will remain eternally grateful for the late Chief Offodile’s commendable service as a member of the Federal Executive Council, and his significant contributions to the development of the legal profession in Nigeria.

The President prays that God Almighty will grant Chief Offodile peaceful rest from his lengthy labours on earth.

President Jonathan similarly commiserates with the family of Prof. Jacob Festus Adeniyi Ajayi, the renowned historian and former Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos who passed away yesterday.

The President urges them and Prof. Ade Ajayi's many students, friends, associates in academics and colleagues in the field of Nigerian and African history to take solace in the knowledge that in passing on, he leaves behind a body of significant works that will stand to his eternal credit and assure him of a lasting place of honour among Africa's greatest historians.

President Jonathan reaffirms the nation's enduring gratitude for Prof. Ajayi's notable contributions over many years to the development of education and educational institutions in Nigeria as a lecturer, Professor, Dean, Deputy Vice Chancellor and Vice Chancellor at Federal universities.

The President assures Prof. Ajayi's family, relatives, friends and colleagues of the Federal Government's full solidarity and sympathy as they mourn the very eminent historian and 1993 winner of the Distinguished Africanist Award.

He also prays that God Almighty will receive Prof. Ajayi's gentle soul and grant him eternal rest".

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