The Chief Justice of the Federation (CJN), Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, Wednesday described Yusuf Ali SAN, as an exemplary lawyer and intellectual power house with mark of diligence and excellence.
The CJN spoke in Abuja at a book launch cum festschrift in honour of the Yusuf christened: Two decades of Forensic Advocacy at the inner bar.
The book foreword was written by former Chief Justice of the Federation, Retired Justice Walter Onnoghen .
Represented by Justice Helen Moronkeji Ogunwumiju, a Judge of the Supreme Court, the CJN described Ali as a noble gentleman who has shown depth of knowledge, creativity, erudition and research in his briefs.
The title of the book, according to him, was not only apt but will be an indispensable material to students of law, litigants and law enthusiasts, legal profession and humanity.
“As Judges, when you read some briefs, you would be like ‘Oh my God’ because you know the amount of research you have to do to see your way through towards ensuring justice delivery. Ali has shaped jurisprudence in Nigeria in so many areas, particularly, fundamental human rights.
“So, the quality of briefs that has over the time emanated from his chamber has in no small measure espoused the law. I always admire the level of work that goes into what they do in that chamber,” the CJN said.
While congratulating him on the attainment of twenty years in the bar, he charged him to continue to expand the frontier of jurisprudence in the country.
In a brief remark, the special guest of honour at the occasion, Olumide Akpata, described the moment as the NBA’s proud moment and that the honoree is one of their very best in the profession.