Ondo state Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu says the late legal icon and Emeritus Professor, David Ijalaye, SAN, lived a fulfilled life, impacting both the academic world and legal profession extensively.
The Governor while on a condolence visit to the Ijalayes in Ile-Ife charged the children to emulate their father’s legacies.
Orange FM’s Olumide Adeluwoye who was at Ile Ife with the governor reports that Akeredolu said the deceased and his late father were close friends describing the legal luminary as a rare gem and valuable icon who devoted more than five decades of his life to teaching and practice of law.
Akeredolu emphasised that his academic pursuit at Obafemi Awolowo University was with the support of the deceased.
He commended late Ijalaye’s dedication to the service of the country, having mentored great men who are doing well in their chosen careers, especially legal practitioners.
Representing the Vice Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede during the visit, the Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic, Bamire Adebayo appreciated Governor Akeredolu for visiting the family of the deceased and the university at this trying period
Adebayo commended Akeredolu for doing the university proud by ensuring good governance in Ondo State.
Speaking on behalf of the children of the deceased, Mr Niyi Ijalaye congratulated the Governor on his second term inauguration and thanked him for honouring their father.
Present at the condolence visit include the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Chief Olugbenga Ale, Deputy Vice Chancellor Administration of Obafemi Awolowo University, Professor Ajila and members of the faculty of law as well as family and friends.