By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
The Baale Ekotedo in Ibadan land, Elder (Dr) Taye Ayorinde has described the death of late legal luminary, Chief Richard Akinjide as a great loss to Oyo State and the nation in general.
He stated this while commiserating with the family of late Akinjide (SAN) in an interview with journalists on the development.
Akinjide passed on at the early hours of Tuesday in Ibadan
Ayorinde also described the late Icon as a man of honour, a man who would say what he believed in without the fear of whose ox is gored.
“He was a prolific and a die-hard and cleaver lawyer,” he added.
Ayorinde further described the late Senior Advocate as a distinguished Nigerian and a man of many parts whose impact in the nation’s development can not be forgotten easily by the entire people of Ibadan and Nigeria.
“His role and impact in the National Party of Nigeria (NPN) in 1978 when most Nigerians had believed that the late chief Awolowo won the presidential election when people thought he was going to have his back as a Yoruba man but he didn’t do that even when he had every power to say yes and gave it a legal backing”
In furtherance to that, he said,” the late icon became a notable lawyer when he was able to prove a case of twelve two-third (12-2/3) that people never believed he could.”
He added that Akinjide is a man that one cannot easily guess his tribe if not for the tribal marks on his face because he had a good sense of dress and speaks good English”.
“According to the Bible and the Qur’an God told us that He is the only one who knows when someone will be born and die , like I have always told people, live a good life for people to say good things about you after death.
“We are all going to die because everyone that has come to the world is destined to die someday.
“It is also painful that he did not live to see the completed part of the University been built in his name.”
In his condolence words to his family, Ayorinde urged his children and other family members to live well for him, wishing him an eternal rest.