In Loving Memory of Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, CON – A Towering Figure in the Legal Landscape, and Renowned Governor of Ondo State By Afam Osigwe, SAN

The news of Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu’s passing has cast a shadow of sorrow upon us all. His departure leaves a void that words can scarcely fill, and I offer my deepest condolence to his family, loved ones, the good people of Ondo State and the members of the legal profession. As we mourn his death, let us collectively reflect on his extraordinary life, and celebrate the remarkable life and enduring legacy he leaves behind.

Aketi’s life was marked by brilliance, doggedness, an unyielding commitment to truth, a relentless pursuit of justice, and an ignited passion for the rule of law. His brilliance was not confined to the courtroom; it radiated through his tireless efforts to elevate legal education and uphold ethical standards within the legal community. Aketi, served as President of the Nigerian Bar Association, where he emerged as a towering figure, an astute leader. His indelible contributions to the development of the legal profession in Nigeria were truly unparalleled and will forever be remembered.

He did not only exemplify excellence but also showcased unwavering dedication and a steadfast commitment to justice. His legal acumen and advocacy prowess set a standard for all aspiring legal minds, and his profound impact on the legal landscape will resonate for generations. Aketi’s legacy extends beyond the precedents he set in legal practice; it encompasses a dedication to truth, justice, and the nurturing of the legal profession. His influence was not just in the courtroom drama but also in the quiet corridors where legal minds were shaped and ethical foundations were laid. His vision for a legal community characterized by excellence and ethical conduct will undoubtedly continue to inspire future generations.

In honouring Aketi’s memory, let us reflect not only on his legal prowess but also on the principles he championed — a commitment to truth, a pursuit of justice, and a passion for upholding the rule of law. His impact, both profound and enduring, serves as a guiding light for legal practitioners and enthusiasts alike, fostering a legacy that transcends the boundaries of time.

Aketi’s journey, marked by excellence, dedication, and an unwavering commitment to justice, will forever stand as a testament to the transformative power of a life dedicated to the principles of the legal profession.

In the revered halls of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Aketi stands as a beacon of wisdom and forthrightness. His leadership was full of compassion and strength, resonating with the ideals that make the legal profession a noble calling. In times when the path seemed arduous, Aketi navigated with a steady hand, leaving an indelible mark on the legal landscape of our nation. His leadership was characterized by a profound sense of duty, a tireless pursuit of justice, and an unyielding commitment to upholding the principles of the legal profession. Under his stewardship, the NBA thrived as a beacon of legal excellence, an advocate for the rule of law and voice of the voiceless. Under his guidance, the NBA played a pivotal role in advocating for legal reforms, due process of law, adherence to rule of law, championing human rights, and fostering unity among legal practitioners.

Beyond the courtroom, Aketi was a mentor, a confidant, and a true friend to many. His office door was always open, not just for legal consultations but for the sharing of stories, the exchange of laughter, and the wisdom that comes from a life richly lived. His legacy lives on not only in legal precedents but in the hearts of those who were privileged to call him a friend and a guide. As the governor of Ondo State, he was a champion of good governance and exemplary leadership. He led the people of Ondo State with so much love for his state and his people.

In this moment of grief, let us draw strength from the memories we shared and the lessons he imparted. May the legacy of Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu inspire us to approach our professional and personal lives with the same passion, integrity, and compassion that defined his journey. In honouring his memory, let us pledge to uphold the principles he held dear and to champion the cause of justice with the same fervour that dominated his illustrious career.

He worked for God, not for man. He will forever be remembered for his good deeds. He has toiled, now he rests in the bosom of Almighty God. Those who have lived a good life do not fear death, but meet it calmly as the inevitable end for all mortals. But those who do not have a peaceful conscience dread death as though life means nothing but physical torment. The challenge is to live our life so that we will be prepared for death when it comes. He surmounted life’s challenges and faced life with strength, bravery, honesty and dedication to God. He led a good life. We are very proud of the exemplary life he lived. The legal profession and indeed Nigeria, will miss you.

As we mourn the loss of Aketi, let us also celebrate the spirit that animated his life. The echoes of his wisdom, inspiration, leadership and warmth of his encouragement. His impact will linger in our hearts. With heartfelt condolences and a shared sense of loss, I pray God grants us the strength and will to forge ahead and keep on with the good exemplary life he has led down for us.

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