Former Nigerian Vice President Atiku Abubakar has expressed his heartfelt condolences following the passing of the esteemed legal luminary and Constitutional Lawyer, Prof. Ben Nwabueze, whose death was initially reported by News Center Nigeria.
In response to this somber news, Atiku Abubakar conveyed his profound sense of shock, stating, “The news of Professor Ben Nwabueze’s passing has taken me aback.”
He went on to pay tribute to the late professor, emphasizing their close and meaningful connection. “It’s worth noting that Professor Nwabueze and I shared a deep bond. He was an exemplary scholar who carried himself with the utmost excellence and a warm, mentor-like demeanor.”
“At the core of his intellectual brilliance, Professor Nwabueze made invaluable contributions to the advancement of constitutionalism, not only within Nigeria but on a global scale.”
Atiku Abubakar fondly reminisced about a meeting with Prof. Nwabueze in 2018 at his residence in Enugu State, where the professor emphasized the significance of the ongoing Nigerian national project. He also expressed his gratitude for Prof. Nwabueze’s participation on his legal team during the legal proceedings stemming from the 2019 presidential election.
“I take immense pride in considering the late Professor Ben Nwabueze as a kindred spirit.”
“On behalf of my family and my team, I extend my heartfelt condolences and admiration to his immediate family, as well as to the people and government of Enugu State, for the loss of their revered patriarch and for having blessed the nation with such a brilliant mind.”
“It is my fervent prayer that his noble soul may rest in eternal peace. -AA.”