By AUSTIN OWOICHO , Abuja
Immediate past President of the Senate, Senator David Mark has described the demise of former Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Aloysius Katsina-Alu as a huge loss to the nation.
In a statement signed by his Media Assistant, Paul Mumeh, Senator Mark noted that Katsina-Alu died at a time when his wealth of administrative experience and legal expertise were needed to navigate through the murky political and economic challenges in the country.
Reacting to the exit of Katsina-Alu today, Senator Mark noted that the late jurist left his positive foot print in the sand of time.
He recalled that the transformation which Justice Alu brought to the nation’s apex court during his stint as Chief Justice of Nigeria earned the institution dignity and honour.
Senator Mark added that “late Katsina-Alu was a courageous jurist whose landmark judgments would occupy a unique chapter in the nation’s jurisprudence. His works would remain reference materials for lawyers, judges and the academia in many years to come.”
According to Mark, “Katsina-Alu was a patriot and selfless public officer who put national interest above pecuniary considerations. He was among the early judicial officers who laid solid foundation for the judiciary.
“We shall miss his robust and erudite judicial pronouncements.”
Senator Mark counseled the bereaved family, the government and people of Benue State to take solace in the fact that late Katsina-Alu lived an eventful and exemplary life worthy of emulation.