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Onagoruwa was a proponent of freedom of press – Osinbajo

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By Johnbosco Agbakwuru

Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo yesterday said that the late former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Dr. Olu Onagorowa was a proponent of Freedom of press and the voice of the voiceless.

Prof. Osinbajo in a condolence letter to the family of the late AGF and the people and government of Ogun State said he was saddened by the news of the passing of Dr. Onagoruwa,.

Extending heartfelt condolences to the Onagoruwa family, his friends and associates on behalf of the government and people of Nigeria. Prof. Osinbajo in a statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and publicity, Laolu Akande also condoled l with the the Nigeria Bar Association as well as the human rights community.

According to the Acting President, the life and times of Dr Olu Onagoruwa, an ardent advocate of the rule of law and constitutionalism reflected a combination of profound scholarship, courage in the face of tyranny and admirable grace in conduct and manner, even in grave travails and trials.

The Acting President stated that as a lawyer, Onagoruwa served the oppressed and gave voice to the voiceless, fearlessly and selflessly.

“He was a tireless proponent of the freedom of the press and a champion of fundamental human rights in Nigeria.

“He proved to be principled and forthright both in private practice and as Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.”

The Acting President noted that “the nation today mourns a true patriot who served his nation and its people with singular zeal and dedication.”

He said he believed that the legacy the late AGF left behind as a scholar, writer, human rights activist, and strong voice for the less-privileged in the Nigerian society will long be remembered.

He prayed that the Almighty God will comfort his family, friends and associates and bless the memory of Dr. Olu Onagoruwa.

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