BODY OF SENIOR ADVOCATES MOURN MAJIYAGBE
The Body of Senior Advocates of Nigeria (BOSAN) has formally announced the demise of one its most senior members, Mr. Jonathan Babatunde Majiyagbe, SAN, OFR
In a statement made available to CITY LAWYER and signed by its Secretary, Mr. Olumide Sofowora SAN, the body wrote: “The late Mr. Majiyagbe no doubt contributed to legal jurisprudence both nationally and internationally. We mourn his loss and we pray that the soul of Mr. J.B. Majiyagbe, SAN and the souls of all our departed members Rest in Peace. Amen!”
In a further statement on the demise of the senior lawyer, BOSAN stated that “we commiserate with his family particularly his son who is one of us in the person of Mr. John Mustapha Majiyagbe, SAN. Whilst praying that the Almighty God will grant the soul of Mr. Majiyagbe eternal rest, we also pray that he will grant the family and especially our Learned Brother Silk – Mr. John Mustapha Majiyagbe, SAN the fortitude to bear the loss. Amen!”
Below is the full text of the statement.
NOTICE OF DEMISE – Mr. Jonathan Babatunde Majiyagbe, SAN, OFR
The BOSAN Secretariat wishes to announce the demise of Mr. Jonathan Babatunde Majiyagbe (OFR), who passed on today, Saturday, May 27, 2023.
He was born on the 10th of July, 1934 (89 years old) in Lagos, Nigeria. He was the Principal Partner of JB Majiyagbe & Co a law firm with offices in Kano and Abuja.
Mr. Majiyagbe attended Holy Trinity School, Ebute-aero in Lagos and completed his secondary education at Ilesha Grammar School. He obtained his law degree from the University of London and was called to the English and Wales Bar (Honourable Society of the Middle Temple) in 1964. He attended the Nigerian Law School in 1965 and was admitted to the Nigerian Bar in 1966. He was conferred with the prestigious rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria in 1980.
He served as Vice-President of the Nigerian Bar Association (1975 – 1977), member, National Executive Committee, Nigerian Bar Association (1975 – 1978), member of the International Bar Association and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, former member of the Body of Benchers. He was also a former member of the Interim Judicial Service Committee, Kano State and the Editorial board of the Journal of Nigeria Law.
In 2003, Majiyagbe SAN became the first African to be appointed the Worldwide President of Rotary International, a one-hundred year old humanitarian service organization with over 1.2 million members. He was thereafter appointed the Chairman of its Board of Trustees in 2008.
Mr. Majiyagbe served as Chancellor of the Anglican Diocese of Kano; Chairman of the Nigerian Red Cross Society, Kano Branch; and Coroner for Kano State.
In recognition of his numerous contributions to legal advocacy and humanity, Mr. Majiyagbe was conferred with the National honour – Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (OFR).
The late Mr. Majiyagbe no doubt contributed to legal jurisprudence both nationally and internationally. We mourn his loss and we pray that the soul of Mr. J.B. Majiyagbe, SAN and the souls of all our departed members Rest in Peace. Amen!
Mr. Olumide Sofowora, SAN
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