Charly Boy plans concert for late father, Justice Oputa

A maverick entertainer Charly Boy, (real name Charles Oputa),on Monday said prominent musicians, Dbanj and Terry G, would perform at a concert to mark the death of his father, Justice Chukwudifu Oputa.
Justice Oputa, a former Justice of the Supreme Court, died Sunday afternoon at the National Hospital in Abuja at the age of 96 after recovering from a brief illness.
Charly Boy, who spoke at his residence on Monday in Abuja, said his father lived a fulfilled life “so there is a great need to celebrate him’’.
He urged Nigerians not to sympathise with him rather “they should join in celebrating a life well lived’’.
“My father was a good and great man, though we did not start off well because in the beginning he always felt I was too rascal.
“I did not obey orders and I got tired of his rules, regulations and restrictions so it was important that I go my own way.
“I thank God I did that, because at long last since the past 25 years; I won the kind of respect I deserved from the man who thought that the direction I took was a wrong move.
“For the past 25 years, we bonded and I am proud to have had a father like him.”
Charly boy said that his father brought him up on a strong `overdose’ of morals, values, principles and how to be contented and be at peace with oneself.
“I will continue to apply these virtues to my life.’’
A retired police inspector general, Mike Okiro, one of the sympathisers at the Oputa’s residence, described the late justice as a rare nugget.
Mr. Okiro said that his death was a big loss to the family, the judiciary and the country.
He said that late Oputa was a legend, especially in the judiciary, who was recognised internationally and would be missed greatly.
“’He was a great man and he lived a very good life worthy of emulation,’’ he said.
A musician, Daniel Wilson, who also condoled with the family, described the late Justice Oputa as a rare gem that lived a great.
He said his memory would live on.

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