NIGERIA: Season Of Eminent Deaths

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NOVEMBER has come with a plethora of eminent deaths. In the season of deaths Nigeria has recorded sad moments across it’s major regions,
spanning through several fields and callings. First to die early
this month was Nigeria civil war leading figure, General Mohammed Mamman Shuwa,
who was killed in his home in Maidugiri, capital of Borno State by unknown
gunmen. Then the flury of
big deaths, this week in which for the fourth time, Nigerian woke up to the sad
news of the demise of frontline personalities and statesmen.
The death of
Justice Eso, the man many describe as the Father of Judicial Activism in
Nigeria in London in the early hours of Friday came as the country was just
recovering from the death of the Nollywood star and veteran, Peter Eneh; the former
Oyo State Governor, Alhaji Lamidi Adesina and second republic Senate Leader,
Dr. Olusola Saraki.

Adesina died in St.
Nicholas Hospital, Lagos during an illness early last Sunday and was buried in
his home in Ibadan same day.

On Wednesday, the
strongman of Kwara politics and godfather of many, Dr Olusola Saraki also died
in his Lagos home following complications from cancer. The remains of Saraki,
the Senate leader in the Second Republic was flown to Ilorin, his hometown for
burial same day.

On Thursday,
Nollywood Star, Peter Eneh also died in an Enugu hospital from complications
arising from diabetic wound which led to his amputation.

As the nation was
still reeling from the shock with tributes and commiseration, the sad news of
Justice Eso broke on Friday.

Eso, who was
regarded by many in the legal community as one of the most daring and respected
jurists of his era in the Supreme Court, was given  the Commander of the
Federal Republic award recently by President Goodluck Jonathan. Born in Ilesha,
Osun State, he had a bachelors as well as masters degree in law from the
Trinity Collegem Ireland. He was aged 87.

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