President Muhammadu Buhari says Justice Mustapha Akanbi, the late President of the Court of Appeal (PCA) and pioneer chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), laid a solid foundation for anti-corruption institutional framework that substantially sustains the nation’s campaign against corruption.
Buhari, at the eighth day Fidau prayer for the late judicial icon in Ilorin, Kwara State, on Sunday, said the legacy left behind by the deceased would for long inspire the country.
Represented by Abubakar Malami (SAN), the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of JUSTICE, who led Federal Government delegation to the event, the president said the deceased displayed an uncommon sense of integrity throughout his career in public office.
He stated: “So many years after completion of his tenure of office, the late Justice Akanbi remained a strong and persuasive moral voice in articulation and implementation of Nigeria’s anti-corruption agenda.
“The legacy Justice Akanbi has left behind for Nigeria in general and for the legal profession in particular is one that will continue to inspire us all for years to come. It is indeed by appreciating those attributes that we are consoled at his departure at this time, at the blessed age of 85 years.
“Throughout his impressive career on the bench, which culminated in his ultimate elevation to the position of the President of the Court of Appeal, he displayed an uncommon sense of integrity, diligence and capacity for team work.”
In his sermon at the occasion, Sheikh Sulaiman Dan Borno, the Grand Mukadam of Ilorin, enjoined all to emulate the attributes of the late Justice Akanbi, adding that his abhorrence of hypocrisy made him to be feared by many people.
The cleric, who described his death as fall of one of pillars of the Ilorin emirate, said the late judicial icon was not in the habit of concealing truth.