By Oluwatobiloba Adeyemi
To Governors Adams Oshiomhole (Edo) and Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo) as well as a former governor of Ogun State, Chief Gbenga Daniel, the death of eminent jurist, Justice Kayode Eso, is a monumental loss to the country and the judicial profession.
They spoke in separate tributes yesterday.
Ajimobi, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media, Dr. Festus Adedayo, said that he was extremely pained by the news of the death of Eso, whom he described as a “People’s Justice”, in a London hospital.
“`Hon. Justice Kayode Esho was one of the brightest justices Nigeria has ever produced. I can recall some of the landmark judgments he had delivered, all of which had helped in furthering the course of justice and the rule of law,”the governor said.
Oshiomhole described Eso as a shining example of patriotism and discipline.
“His death has robbed Nigeria of a shining example of patriotism and discipline. As a jurist, Justice Eso stamped his imprint as a legend. Widely regarded as Nigeria’s Lord Denning, Justice Eso was fearless, courageous, erudite and seasoned,”he added.
“He distinguished himself in all areas of professional, social and family life and stood tall among his peers for his intellectual prowess and high sense of integrity. He was always on the side of justice and equity”.
Daniel said Eso helped to shape Nigeria’s judiciary, saying the departed Supreme Court justice contributed immensely to the development of the bench and legal education in the country. He said Eso activism on the bench personified the best tradition of equity, fairness and justice .
“Justice Kayode Eso exemplified the best of the judiciary. He was courageous, fearless and painstaking.
He was a firm believer in the rule of law, justice, equity, and fairness all through his stay at the bench. Justice Eso, through his many well thought out judgments and reasoned pronouncements, promoted the integrity of the judiciary and restored the confidence of many in it”, he added.