President Goodluck Jonathan has expressed sadness over the death of retired eminent jurist, Honourable Justice Samuel Kayode Eso.
In a statement Friday, Jonathan extended his condolences to the Eso family, friends, associates and the government and people of Osun State as they mourn the eminent jurist, courageous judge and consistent advocate for an independent judiciary, whose long and exemplary life was dedicated to the service of law and order, and the dispensation true justice, equity and fairness to all.
He urged them to take solace in the incontestable fact that Justice Eso will forever be remembered as a very bold, fearless and courageous judge who contributed enormously to establishing the independence of the Nigerian judiciary, and the national effort to entrench the highest levels of professionalism, discipline and integrity in the country’s legal system.
The statement further said Jonathan believed that members of the legal profession in Nigeria will always owe a debt of gratitude to the late Justice Eso for his immense legacy of learned, erudite and seminal judgments, prodigious writings and major interventions in national debates on and outside the Bench which will always be remembered for their incisiveness, thoroughness, intellectual touch and impact.
He urged members of the bar and bench to emulate the dedication, discipline, integrity and activism that Justice Eso exemplified even up to old age as well as his commendable patriotism which manifested in his constant readiness to take on national assignments whenever he was called upon to do so.