By Abdulwahab Abdulah & Onozure Dania
Lagos – A retired justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, Justice George Oguntade and the Governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola yesterday appealed to judges not to compromise in the discharge of their duties but remain steadfast and courageous.
The duo, who spoke at the presentation of a book in honour of the late erudite Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, Justice Kayode Eso, at Sheraton Lagos Hotel, Ikeja, advised that the judges can achieve this through proficiency and mastering developments in the law.
Beside, the judges were called upon to put in more efforts in the course of their lpractice.
They emphasized; “The likes of Late Justice Kayode Eso, JSC, whom we are celebrating today may not have achieved as much if lawyers who practised and appeared before him then did not challenge his intellect by issues adjudicated on by him.”
The book is titled: “Justice Kayode Eso: Beacon of Judicial Activism.”
Others who spoke in similar manner about the late jurist included Dean Faculty of Law, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile Ife, Prof. Ademola Popoola, Chief Judge, Ekiti State, Justice Ayodeji Daramola, Attorney General of Ogun state, Dr. Olumide Ayeni among others.
All of them spoke in similar manner, describing the late Eso as a courageous and fearless jurist whose life was dedicated to the rule of law.
According to Governor Aregbesola, Justice Eso was a quintessential legal intellectual who brought much erudition and elevated language to the service of law without losing the greater objective of justice.
The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Prof. Titilayo Laoye Tomori, also noted that Justice Eso belonged to the rarest breed of legal minds whose life and times were dedicated to law as the instrument in service of justice for the rich and poor, the weak and strong.
The chairman of the occasion, Justice George Oguntade, also a retired Justice of the Supreme Court, recalled that the eminent jurist constantly demonstrated that the essence of judicial function is to develope and strengthen the law and its resultant effect while on the bench.
Prof. Popoola in a review described late Justice Eso as a crusader for human dignity and rule of law and also praised him for “his exception brilliance of the law”.
Popoola said the book co-authored by Messrs Arigbabuwo Lateef and Odunlami Oluwaseun was a befitting tribute to the enviable activities of the late jurist on the bench of the judiciary.