President Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) have expressed condolences over the passing of the retired Supreme Court judge, Adolphus Godwin Karibi-Whyte.
Specifically, President Buhari, in his condolence message, prayed that God will comfort all who mourn Mr Karibi-Whyte; especially his family, the academia, NBA and Body of Benchers, friends and associates. Also, Buhari commended his contributions to law and jurisprudence in the country, and beyond; even as he noted that the deceased left a legacy of integrity and nationalism.
Equally important, the foregoing was disclosed by Femi Adesina, spokesperson to President Buhari in a statement.
“President Buhari notes, with deep conviction, that the legal luminary used his knowledge, wisdom and experience in serving the nation he loved so much, working diligently as a scholar for many years, before transiting to the judiciary, and pursuing his passion of ensuring fairness through the Federal Revenue Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Nigeria,” the statement said.
Meanwhile, President of the NBA, Mr Paul Usoro, also expressed condolence to the family of Karibi-Whyte.
In a statement signed by NBA Spokesman, Mr Kunle Edun; the association described the late justice as a quintessential jurist whose impact in the Nigerian legal system could not be forgotten in a hurry.
“The NBA hereby expresses its deep condolences to my Lords, Honorable Justices of the Supreme Court of Nigeria; the entire Nigerian judiciary, government and people of Rivers State, families and friends of our departed noble Lord.
“Justice Karibi-Whyte left behind sterling legacies and delivered landmark judgments that continue to define the Nigerian legal jurisprudence,” it said.
Further, the NBA described the late Supreme Court jurist in glowing terms as; “a judicial colossus and one of the greatest jurists that Nigeria ever had.
“Hon. Justice Karibi-Whyte was a retired Justice of the Supreme Court and an erudite Professor of Law. He served in other capacities as Chairman of several high-powered Commissions of Inquiry and Tribunals.
“Justice Karibi-Whyte also served as a Judge and Vice President, International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia; (sitting at The Hague) on November 7, 1993, and Chairman Nigerian Constitutional Conference between 1994 to 1995.
“He authored thirteen books and 55 academic publications in reputable local and international journals; and was highly sought after speaker on legal issues,” the NBA said.
Karibi-Whyte was conferred with the National Honours of Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON) (1998); as well as Commander of the Federal Republic (CFR) (2008).