President Bola Tinubu has expressed sadness over the death of the prominent corporate lawyer, Dr Christopher Oladipo Ogunbanjo, OFR, OON.
Tinubu in a statement issued to his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, consoled the Ogunbanjo family and the entire Ijebu-Ode community on the passing of their patriarch and elder statesman.
In his statement, the President said he joined the family members, colleagues, friends, and well-wishers in mourning the late legal luminary who made landmark contributions as one of Nigeria’s most celebrated corporate lawyers
He further described the deceased as a distinguished figure in Nigeria’s legal and business communities, whose multifaceted roles as an industrialist, corporate lawyer and philanthropist had left indelible impressions in these important fields as he empowered and mentored numerous professionals from Nigeria and beyond.
However, as an honoured recipient of several prestigious Chieftaincy titles, such as the Olotu of Ijebuland, Larinja of Egbaland, Gbadero of Lagos, Lerinja of Egbaland, Baba Oba of Ijebu Imusin, and Baba Oba of Erunwon Ijebu, Tinubu paid tribute to Pa Ogunbanjo for consistently dedicating himself to championing causes close to his heart, including grassroots community development and advocacy for peaceful co-existence between Nigerians from diverse backgrounds.
President however urged those who are mourning elder statesman, whose life was characterized by an exceptional commitment to philanthropy and the betterment of the country, to reflect on the extensive contributions he had made to the progress of humanity and to carry forward the ideals he lived for.
Tinubu said, “Chief Chris Ogunbanjo will be remembered for his extraordinary life of service to his community and the promotion of best business practices as a corporate lawyer of untarnished repute. His contributions to the economic development of Nigeria and commercial law practice in our country will endure.”
The President however prayed for the peaceful repose of Pa Ogunbanjo’s soul and divine comfort to his family and loved ones over this irreparable loss.