Why presidency approved national cemetery for Kutigi’s burial

President Mohammadu Buhari yesterday authorised the burial of former Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), the late Justice Muhammed Idris Legbo Kutigi at the national cemetery, Abuja as a mark of honour.
In a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, he said the nation would not forget Kutigi’s hard work and dedication to his fatherland.
The statement quoted President Buhari as paying glowing tributes to the former CJN who, he said, contributed to the evolution of Nigeria’s modern jurisprudence.

“The National Cemetery is reserved for the nation’s fallen heroes and it requires discretionary approval of a sitting president for a citizen to be given a final resting place in its grounds,” the statement reads.
President Buhari had sent a government delegation led by his Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari to the funeral prayer at the National Mosque, Abuja and thereafter, the burial at the cemetery.
Other members of the presidential delegation were the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Muhammed Bello and the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu.
The delegation had also paid a condolence visit to the family members of Justice Kutigi at his Asokoro residence in Abuja.

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