President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed deep sadness at the passing of former president of the Court of Appeal Justice Mamman Nasir.
The president described Justice Nasir's death "as not only a loss to the judiciary, but also the country at large, because of his remarkable commitment to public service.”
This was contained in a statement signed by presidential spokesman Garba Shehu on Saturday, April 13.
President Buhari recalled that "the late Nasir belonged to a generation of Judges and Justices who perceived public office as an opportunity to offer selfless service to the country and its people" and "Nasir and judges of their golden age were more interested in leaving untainted record of integrity than accumulation of wealth overnight."
Buhari added that "when you look at Nasir's modest lifestyle and his incredibly humble possessions, you would be disarmed at once by his honesty and patriotism.
"While some Nigerians perceive public office as an opportunity to line their pockets, men of Nasir's character put a higher premium on honest labour than on greedy accumulation of questionable wealth overnight."
President Buhari noted that "gentlemen like Mamman Nasir succeeded in protecting their reputation because greed was far removed from their minds", and that "contentment is the secret to a happy life of service to the people."
He added that "lack of contentment is the devil behind greedy accumulation of wealth at the expense of others, but selfless public servants like Nasir were never motivated by the desire to live above their means."
The president wrapped up the praises by saying that "Nasir's family should be proud of their father because he built a solid and impeccable record of integrity, which is the greatest asset any individual should leave behind."
Legit.ng had earlier reported that the former president of the Court of Appeal, who also doubled as the Galadiman of Katsina, died on Saturday, April 13, at the Federal Medical Center, Katsina.
A statement released by the secretary of Katsina Emirate Council, Bello Ifo, said Justice Nasir died after a brief illness and would be buried according to Islamic right in his place in Malumfashi.
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