Adieu, Emmanuel Chinwe Aguma


One bitter lesson that nature and history teach mankind is that all mortals, irrespective of their sex, class, race, intellect, wisdom, religion and spirituality, will pass on someday. In other words, death is an inevitable end for all human beings, and, indeed, all living organisms.
Against this backdrop, the demise of the Rivers State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Emmanuel Chinwe Aguma (SAN) may not completely be strange but the timing of his death, is to say the least, unexpected, if his vibrancy intellect and activism are anything to go by.
In an emotion-laden statement by the Rivers State Government signed by the State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Barr Emma Okah, the state government announced the untimely death which occurred penultimate Friday.
While acknowledging and appreciating Aguma’s selfless services to the State and to humanity, Okah said the deceased until his demise served the State with amazing sense of responsibility, commitment, passion, competence and courage, which were ultimately exhibited even in his hospital bed in London where he gave up the ghost on Friday, August 10, 2018.
“Needless to say that Rivers State and indeed Nigeria will miss his versatility and invaluable contributions to the development of the State and Nigeria as his demise remains a monumental loss”, the commissioner affirmed.
Indeed, the death of the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice is a monumental loss. The exemplary zeal which the legal luminary exhibited in public service, particularly as the chief law officer of the State is, infact, beyond human comprehension and highly commendable.
Aguma, a rare gem and consummate lawyer was, indeed, a major pillar and architect underlining the success story of the Governor Nyesom Wike administration, as he played a pivotal role from the inception of the administration in May 29, 2015 till his demise, two weeks ago.
Aguma’s life on earth could be likened to an unfolding drama that was abruptly terminated by the cold hands of death, leaving the audience shallow, empty and devastated. This legal collosus was snatched away by death while recuperating in a London-based medical facility.
Undoubtedly, the Attorney-General remains an unforgettable intellectual, legal icon, a trail blazer and, indeed, one of the greatest legal minds that the State has ever produced since its creation on May 27, 1967.
In life and even at death, Aguma towers like a colossus among his contemporaries, as his legal sagacity and savvy earned him a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), an elite club of the Nigeria’s legal practitioners.
Little wonder, the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) led by its National President, Abubakar Mohammed (SAN), swiftly paid a condolence visit to Governor Wike to commiserate with him and Rivers people over what it rightly described as a colossal loss to the State and the legal profession.
In recognition of Aguma’s selfless service to the State, the legal profession and humanity, the governor recently inaugurated a 50-man burial committee to organise a befitting state burial for the fallen legal luminary. The burial has been slated for September 14 and 15, 2018.
Wike, who described the passage of Emmanuel Aguma as unfortunate and very painful noted that the late Attorney-General was a loyal public officer who invested his mental resources and time to the development of the State.
The Tide, indeed, appreciates the passion for service which Aguma exhibited in public service. For him, Rivers interest was paramount and above every other interest and this he exhibited with passion, commitment and zeal.
As an accomplished lawyer, he ensured that the rule of law prevailed at all times and this, he painstakingly pursued until his untimely death.
While we grief with Aguma’s family, Governor Wike and the people of Rivers State, the Niger Delta region and Nigeria, we are, however, consoled that the late Attorney-General will find peace in the bosom of the Lord.
Indeed, Aguma was an irrepressible humanist, a quintessential legal icon, patriot, astute administrator and a man of distinction, who would be missed by all people of goodwill. We salute the selflessness of this apostle of rule of law to the service of Rivers people.
Adieu, late Emmanuel Chinwe Aguma (SAN)!