By Oluwakemi Ishola
More than sixteen weeks after the death of ex Minister Richard Akinjide, his family has finally buried the remains of legal luminary in his Ibadan residence.
The first son of the family, Abayomi Akinjide, made this disclosure in a statement made available to Pacesetter News. According to Mr. Abayomi, “the private burial was necessitated by the prevailing coronavirus pandemic”
Here is the full statement:
Private Interment of our Patriarch, Chief Richard Osuolale Abimbola Akinjide SAN, CON.
Akinjide SAN, CON, who passed on peacefully to glory on 21st April, 2020, was laid to rest on Thursday, 13th August 2020 after a private funeral service by the family at The Chapel of St. Peter, The Rock, Jericho, Ibadan, within the family estate.
This was done, in consultation with the Archbishop of Ibadan, Anglican Communion and the Oyo State Government, due to the prevailing global public health crisis.
At the appropriate time, a Celebration of Life Church Service and public events will be held in his honour.
The entire Akinjide family would like to thank the Federal and State Governments, our Royal Fathers and traditional institutions, the legal community comprising the Bar and Bench, our friends and well-wishers for their prayers and support.
MA. LLM (CANTAB).
For the Akinjide Family
Chief Akinjide SAN was a former Minister of Education in the Government of Prime Minister Tafawa Balewa during the Second Republic and the Minister for Justice in the Administration of President Shehu Shagari. He was a member of the Judicial Systems Sub-Committee of the Constitutional Drafting Committee of 1975-1977 and later joined the National Party of Nigeria (NPN) in 1978. He became the Legal Adviser for the party and was later appointed the Minister for Justice.