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Buhari, CJN, others hail Ngige at 60

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Chief Emeka Ngige (SAN)


President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the chairman of the Council of Legal Education (CLE), Chief Emeka Ngige (SAN), on his 60th birthday anniversary.

Born on July 11, 1961, Ngige turned 60 years yesterday. While a hybrid birthday ceremony was held on Sunday at the Nigerian Law School, Lagos, to mark the anniversary, the highlight of the event was the launching of the ‘Nigerian Law School Support Initiative’, a project specifically requested by Ngige to revamp the decaying infrastructure at the institution.

In a statement by his Senior Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, President Buhari said he was “rejoicing with family and friends on the milestone” recorded by Ngige.

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The statement adds: “The President notes, with commendation, contributions of the legal luminary to the study and practice of law in Nigeria, donating books and materials to Law Schools, and serving on the National Executive of NBA for more than 25 years, during which he represented the association as a member of the Body of Benchers.”

Others who have also felicitated with the leading litigator include Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad; Ondo State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu SAN; Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha; Attorney-General & Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami; Body of Senior Advocates of Nigeria (BOSAN), Council of Legal Education and many Nigerian Law School Alumni classes.

In his goodwill message, Justice Muhammad described Ngige as a “legal icon and quintessential philanthropist,” stressing that he is a “man of honour and dignity” whose lifestyle “has been a formidable fountain of inspiration to people from all walks of life.”

On his part, Governor Akeredolu, a former President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), said: “As you celebrate your 60th birthday today, I heartily wish you a very happy birthday and prayers for scores of healthy, prosperous and peaceful returns of the day. May you have all the joy your heart can hold, all the smiles a day can bring, and all the blessings a life can unfold.”

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