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Amosun mourns Onagoruwa

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Michael Adesanya/Abeokuta

Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun Friday mourned the death of the former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Dr. Olu Onagoruwa.

The Governor, in a statement in Abeokuta, signed by the Commissioner of Information and Strategy, Mr. Dayo Adeneye, stated that the death of Onagoruwa was sad and would be deeply felt by the downtrodden and oppressed Nigerians that he passionately championed their cause.

Amosun recalled how the commitment of the late Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) towards the emancipation and welfare of ordinary citizens, made him a subject of attack by the authorities, particularly during military regimes.

He stated, “We cannot also forget his patriotism, which was in the interest of the generality of Nigerians, when as Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, during the regime of the late Gen. Sanni Abacha, he condemned and dissociated himself from some draconian decrees promulgated without his knowledge”.

“This action caused him (Onagoruwa) and his family great discomfort but he was uncompromising. Even when his health was failing, he continued to speak against bad governance and human rights abuses”, the Governor added.

He also described Onagoruwa as a distinguished Human Rights advocate and exemplary public officer, saying his stand, during his brief tenure as Minister, was worthy of emulation by elected and appointed government officials, who truly desire a vibrant and people-orientated public service.

The Governor prayed to God to grand Onagoruwa’s family the fortitude to bear the big loss.