By Bolaji Ogundele, Abuja and Ernest Nwokolo, Abeokuta
President Muhammadu Buhari and Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun have condoled with the family and associates of renowned Professor of Geography, Akin Mabogunje.
The said the departure of the erudite scholar would be greatly felt.
A statement yesterday in Abuja by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, said: “President Buhari sends condolences to family, friends and associates of Prof. Akin Mabogunje, 90, whose departure will be greatly felt by the nation, especially the academia.
“The President commiserates with Prof. Mabogunje’s network of professional associates and experts, at home and abroad, who have shared in his vision of nation-building, with cerebral works in urbanisation, human and regional development, geographic perspectives and shelter provision.
“President Buhari notes the depth, reach and extensive research of the first African President of the International Geographical Union, who in 1999, was first African to be elected as a Foreign Associate of the United States National Academy of Sciences, and in 2017, was elected a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and received the Vautrin Lud Prize.
“The President affirms that Prof. Mabogunje’s contribution to education in Nigeria, and in many parts of the world, remains indelible, especially the leadership positions he held, which include Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, Ogun State University; Chairman of Ibadan School of Government and Public Policy; Member, Board of Trustees (BoT) Nigerian National Merit Award Endowment Fund and later Chairman of the fund.
In a statement in Abeokuta by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Kunle Somorin, Governor Abiodun described the late Prof. Mabogunje as a symbol of Ogun standard of excellence.
“He belongs to the generation of scholars who put research and human development to heart. Prof. Mabogunje was a disciplinarian, a man of unimpeachable pedigree and a first-class nationalist, scholar and one of our greatest assets in the academia,” the statement said.
Also, a former Inspector General of Police (IGP) Tafa Balogun is dead.
He was 75.
Balogun, who was eased out of office by the then President Olusegun Obasanjo over corruption allegations, reportedly died of heart-related diseases at Reddington Hospital yesterday in Lagos.
It was learnt that the former IGP had been ill for a while before breathing his last yesterday.