Nigeria's former minister of justice Richard Akinjide dies at 88

Nigeria's former minister of justice Richard Akinjide dies at 88

- A former minister of justice in Nigeria, Chief Richard Akinjide, has passed on at 88

- Akinjide’s death was confirmed by former aviation minister, Femi Fani-Kayode

- The 88-year-old was also the former minister of education during the first republic

Chief Richard Akinjide, one of Nigeria’s foremost elder statesman and a former minister of education in the first republic has passed away.

The death of the 88-year-old former minister was confirmed in a tweet on Tuesday, April 21, by former aviation minister, Femi Fani-Kayode.

Babafemi Ojudu who is the president's special adviser on political matters also announced the passing of the former minister in a Facebook post.

Born in Ibadan, Oyo state capital in the early 1930s, Akinjide was a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN). During the first republic, he served as a minister of education in the government of former prime minister Tafawa Balewa.

Akinjide was later appointed as the minister for justice in former president Shehu Shagari's administration during the second republic.

His daughter, Olajumoke Akinjide also served in the cabinet of former president Goodluck Jonathan as the minister of state FCT.

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Meanwhile, previously reported that Jacques Joachim Yhombi Opango, a former president of the Republic of Congo has died of coronavirus in France. Opango died on Monday, March 30, at the age of 81. gathers that Opango had been ill before he contracted the deadly virus which is spreading across the world like raging wildfire. Opango was an army officer who became the Republic of Congo's first general and served as its head of state from 1977 to 1979.

In other news, the presidency announced the death of the chief of staff to the president, Mallam Abba Kyari. The deceased had tested positive to the ravaging COVID-19 and had been receiving treatment in an unknown location.

But he died on Friday, April 17, according to a statement by the presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina. Kyari who is from Borno state was seen as the most influential personality in the presidency before his demise.

A presidential spokesperson Garba Shehu said the late chief of staff was buried on Saturday, April 18, in strict observation of the protocol put in place for the burial of coronavirus victims.

Shehu noted that the funeral prayer and burial was private. He said in compliance with the existing social distancing directive, there will be no ceremonies and condolence visits. ( -> We have upgraded to serve you better

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