Babalakin’s death, great loss to nation – Osinbajo
• As Akeredolu, Oyetola Join VP In Paying Condolence Visit To Family
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, yesterday, described the death of Justice Bolarinwa Babalakin as a great loss, not only to the family, but also to the nation.
It would be recalled that Justice Babalakin died December 4, 2021 at the age of 94. Osinbajo stated this during a condolence visit to the Babalakins at the deceased’s residence, Gbongon, Osun State.
The vice-president was accompanied by Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State and his Ondo State counterpart, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu.
Osinbajo said: “… He was a blessing to the Yoruba race. He was credible in all things. When we had problems with then President Obasanjo in Lagos on local government funds, we were looking for someone that would intervene. We agreed that Justice Babalakin would be the right and credible person to intervene. He spoke frankly and advised us to be patient in handling it.
“The arbiters of his age are fast disappearing. We have lost one of the best. He was honest, respected and trusted. It is unfortunate that he died at this time. It is sad. It is a great loss to the country, especially when we need a credible arbiter to negotiate various problems we have in the country.
“We pray that God will comfort the children and grandchildren. On behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria, we express our condolence.”
In his tribute, Akeredolu said Justice Babalakin groomed many of his generation in the legal profession. On his part, Oyetola said the late jurist was a great man by all standards.
Responding on behalf of the family, Wale Babalakin said: “We are overwhelmed and grateful. Only yesterday, we received a delegation from the Federal Government.
“He had the attitude of giving young lawyers a chance. He was a man who was not afraid of death. He had said if God gave him 80, He would have been kind to him.”