Hon. Justice P. O. Aderemi JSC, The Uncommon Jurist and Father – Tolu Aderemi
It is often said that the valiant never taste of death but once. The truth, sinking in, is that Hon. Justice Pius Olayiwola Aderemi JSC CON, is gone home to a well-deserved rest. In my feeble attempt to sum up his life, I can only conclude that never will you meet a man with such a high sense of character and one more dedicated to humanity than My Lord, the JSC (as I fondly called him). Justice Pius Olayiwola Aderemi, I dare say, was one such man. Anytime I find myself in a position of decision, the only question that comes to mind is, ‘what would Dad have done in this circumstance? His character was the foundation of my conscience.
I have read many beautiful things about him since he breathed his last on June 18, 2018 at 9.35am, just before I arrived the hospital to set up what would have been a beautiful room-space in his Doctor’s private clinic somewhere in the calm city of Ibadan, Oyo State. Indeed, he breathed his last and entered into eternal retirement.
I am not writing a Tribute (traditionally to be published) just yet. Reflecting during my early morning studies, the thought of life-after-death sped through my mind.
Anyone who has an opportunity to make a difference while alive should take heed lest he find himself on the wrong side of history. Everyone will be called upon to account at the appropriate time; my Dad has received his call and I am particularly assured of a gallant account to his Creator.
This Creator, in molding My Lord, took the strength of a mountain, the majesty of a tree, the warmth of a summer sun, the calm of a quiet sea, the generous soul of nature, the comforting arm of the night, the wisdom of the ages, the power of the eagles flight, the joy of a morning spring, the faith of a mustard seed, the patience of eternity, the depth of a family need, combined these qualities, when there was nothing more to add, and called it Akanni Pius Olayiwola Aderemi, the man whose exit we all celebrate today.
In reading through the many beautiful posts and messages, many have called him incorruptible, a steadfast philanthropist, disciplined, a fine gentleman, a jurist per excellence, an adroit and quintessential jurist, a devoted man of God – the list is endless. This notwithstanding, chroniclers of events are yet to fully record the existence of the deeds of man which surpass time other than those etched in the minds of their fellow
men, either good or bad. Aderemi did far more than could ever be imagined.
In celebrating My Lord, therefore, it is pointless to ask how you died, but how you lived; not what you gained on earth but what you gave on earth; not which Church you worshiped in, but what was your creed; not what the papers said about you but the true testimony(ies) of lives you affected whilst on this divide.
Dad, it is therefore no goodbye because your values continue to live forever as we walk towards a befitting burial for the Patriarch and Hero of The Aderemi Dynasty from August 2nd-4th , 2018.
Signed: Tolu Aderemi, Partner, Perchstone & Graeys LP
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