BY JOHNBOSCO AGBAKWURU
ABUJA — THE Senate yesterday asked the Federal Government to immortalize former Supreme Court Judge, late Justice Chukwudifu Oputa, 90, who it described as moral beacon for the nation.
The call for the immortalization of Justice Oputa who died on May 1, 2014 was sequel to a motion sponsored by Senator Hope Uzodinma representing Orlu Senatorial District of Imo State on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Uzodinma stated that the death of Oputa was a big loss to the country saying that “he was one of Nigeria’s finest legal icons who served the country diligently in many capacities even before the attainment of independence.”
According to him, Justice Oputa’s career “spanned 36 years through four regions, states and territories until his retirement from the Supreme Court in 1989.
He further stated that his exploits in the Supreme Court earned him the sobriquet, “Socrates of the Supreme Court,” while his judgments were a compendium of well researched and deep philosophical thinking.
Eulogizing the late Justice Oputa, Senate Leader, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba described him as moral beacon for the nation, noting that, “Apart from being a legal icon, he remained a national moral beacon who can never be forgotten because his judgments are indelible.”
In his own contribution, Senator Chris Ngige urged the Senate to undertake legislative action to ensure the Justice Oputa was immortalized by the Federal Government.
Ngige said, “This Senate should make a strong case for him (Oputa) to be immortalized because this is a man who has left indelible foot marks in the annals of history.”
For the Chairman, Senate Committee on Rules and Business, Senator Ita Enang, Oputa belonged to the golden era of the Judiciary.
’’He was one of the greatest brains of the Nigerian Judiciary. He was a liberal man in the management and running of his family,” Enang said.