President Buhari approves National Cemetery as Justice Kutigi’s final resting place


Remains of late former Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Idris Kutigi, during the Janazah (funeral) in his honour at the National Mosque, Abuja, on Wednesday October 24, 2018.

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President Muhammadu Buhari has paid tribute to former Chief Justice of Nigeria, late Justice Muhammed Idris Legbo Kutigi, hailing his contributions to the evolution of the country’s jurisprudence.

The President, while also honouring the late ex-CJN by authorizing his burial at the National Cemetery Abuja, said the nation will not forget the hard work and dedication of the eminent jurist.

This was disclosed by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in a statement he issued in Abuja on Wednesday.

The National Cemetery is reserved for the nation’s fallen heroes and it requires discretionary approval of a sitting President for a citizen to be given a final resting place in its grounds, Shehu explained.

Kutigi, who died on Sunday October 21, 2018 in London, was on Wednesday buried in the National Cemetery in line with the President Buhari’s directive and in accordance to Islamic rites.

President Buhari had sent a government delegation led by his Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari to represent him at the funeral prayer at the National Mosque, Abuja and thereafter, the burial at the National Cemetery.

Other members of the Presidential delegation were the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Muhammed Bello and the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu.

The government delegation had also paid a condolence visit to the widows and other family members of Justice Kutigi at his residence in Asokoro, Abuja.

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