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Yoruba Council of Elders’ president, Sofola, dies at 84


Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE) – Folu Olamiti (left); Chief Bode George; Dr. Tokunbo Ajasin; Mrs. Bola Doherty; Otunba Deji Osibogun; Bishop Ayo Ladigbolu; Dr. Kunle Olajide and Otunba Gani Adams at the Yoruba unity retreat in Ibadan… PHOTO: NAJEEM RAHEEM<br />

The President of the Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE), Idowu Sofola, is dead.

The Secretary-general of the association, Kunle Olajide, confirmed the death, explaining that Sofola was not ill until his demise and that the vacuum he left would be difficult to fill.

Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), he said: “I spoke with him a few days ago, congratulating him on the appointment of his son as a high judge and we were planning an event to host him.

“The icon is leaving us at a critical time, particularly in Yorubaland, as the country prepares for the 2019 general elections. He was an intelligent man, a strong advocate and believer in true federalism, a brilliant lawyer and defender of human rights and democracy.”

Sofola was a prominent jurist, bencher and former president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA).

Born on September 29, 1934, he was the first black to be appointed secretary of the International Bar Association (IBA).

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