The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has condoled with the families of former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Idris Kutigi, and ex- Chairman of Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission, Mr Hamman Tukur, who both died at the weekend. Kutigi died on Sunday in a London Hospital at the age of 78, while Tukur from Adamawa died on Saturday in Kaduna, aged 76.
Tinubu in a statement by his Media Officer, Mr Tunde Rahman, on Sunday, described Kutigi and Tukur as distinguished Nigerians who served the country creditably in their different areas of specialisation. He said “Kutigi served as attorney-general and Commissioner for Justice in Niger State until he was appointed High Court Judge, serving in that office for more than a decade from where he was appointed into the Supreme Court.
“He distinguished himself as the nation’s 11th Chief Justice of Nigeria and served from January 2007 to December 2009. ”I particularly recall how Justice Kutigi helped to stabilise the judiciary and tackled judicial crisis on the eve of his retirement from office.” On Hamman Tukur, Tinubu commended the former RMAFC chairman for standing firm and holding to the ideals of professionalism and transparency while in office during the time of President Olusegun Obasanjo.
He said “though he was appointed by President Obasanjo in 1999, Tukur refused to be cowed in the discharge of his duties and implementation of the revenue allocation formula and other issues around revenue allocation. ”He left indelible marks at RMAFC, leading the way in resolving several disputed oil wells among states in the Niger Delta region and monitoring sources of revenue from both oil and non-oil sectors. ”His efforts led to important improvement in accruals to the Federation Account during the period.”
The APC leader further prayed that Almighty Allah would grant the souls of the two leaders eternal rest and grant their families the fortitude to bear the loss.