Former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, has described retired Supreme Court Justice James Ogebe as an exemplary jurist of all times.
Obi spoke at the weekend in Abuja during the launch of the autobiography of the octogenarian, entitled: “Justice Under the Shadow of the Almighty; My Life Sojourn to the Nigerian Supreme Court,” to mark his 80th birthday anniversary.
Speaking to journalists after the event, Obi said the decision to defy the threat from Coronavirus and attend the event was out of the highest regards he had for the foremost jurist.
He said: “You may not know that Justice Ogebe was the person who returned me as Governor after my impeachment in 2006.
“He did so without anybody telling me what I hate to hear, that one must do this or that.”
Obi, who was the Vice Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party for the 2019 polls, said he decided to honour Justice Ogebe by his presence and as a way of expressing his belief that those that serve Nigeria faithfully must be accorded the respect they deserve.
Obi revealed that since Justice Ogebe returned him as Anambra State Governor in 2007, he (Obi) had not directly or indirectly bought a coffee for him, but occasions like the 80th birthday anniversary present opportunities for one to honour truth by honouring its purveyors.
Bemoaning what he called the “crisis of values” affecting all sectors of the country, Obi said people like Justice Ogebe, retired from the Supreme Court in 2010, should be held high as examples worthy of emulation.