– Buhari says late Justice Nasir’s death is a loss to Nigeria at large.
– He lauds the late Justice for his commitment to public service.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday reacted to the death of the former President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Mamman Nasir, saying his death is ” not only a loss to the judiciary but also the country at large, because of his remarkable commitment to public service.”
Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, said President Buhari recalled that late Galadima of Katsina “belonged to a generation of Judges and Justices who perceived public office as an opportunity to offer selfless service to the country and its people.”
“Nasir and Judges of their golden age were more interested in leaving an untainted record of integrity than an accumulation of wealth overnight.
“When you look at Nasir’s modest lifestyle and his incredibly humble possessions, you would be disarmed at once by his honesty and patriotism,” Buhari said.
Buhari who also noted that while some Nigerians perceive public office as an opportunity to line their pockets, he added that men of Nasir’s character put a higher premium on honest labour than on greedy accumulation of questionable wealth overnight.
“Gentlemen like Mamman Nasir succeeded in protecting their reputation because greed was far removed from their minds”, and that “contentment is the secret to a happy life of service to the people.”
While noting that lack of contentment is the devil behind a greedy accumulation of wealth at the expense of others, Buhari said selfless public servants like Nasir were never motivated by the desire to live above their means.
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“Nasir’s family should be proud of their father because he built a solid and impeccable record of integrity, which is the greatest asset any individual should leave behind,” President Buhari said.
The President directed that a government delegation be sent to condole the family, the government and people of Katsina State for the loss of this illustrious member of the Katsina Emirate Council.