By Bolaji Ogundele, Jide Orintunsin, Abuja, Toba Adedeji, Osogbo and Gbenga Omokhunu, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday expressed condolences to the Nigeria Police, the family, friends and associates of former Inspector-General of Police, Tafa Balogun, over his death.

Similar condolence messages also came from the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Police Inspector General Usman Baba and Osun State Governor Adegboyega Oyetola.

Buhari, according to his  Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr, Femi Adesina, recalled how Balogun, during his tenure as IG, did “his utmost to ensure that the police performed its statutory responsibilities under a democratic dispensation; and his penchant for boosting the morale of officers and men in the Force has been acknowledged by those who served under him.”

Buhari said his thoughts were with the family, the government and people of Osun State, as well as former colleagues of the deceased police chief.

He prayed for the peaceful repose of the soul of the departed.

He’ll be remembered for his service to Nigeria, says Tinubu

Tinubu, in his own condolence message, said Balogun “contributed significantly to national security and worked with commitment to keep our country safe.

He said the former IG would be remembered for his service to Nigeria.

“As we mourn their exit, I extend my condolences to the families, friends and associates they left behind and I pray that God will comfort them all. May their souls rest in perfect peace,” he said.

Oyetola: He was a patriot

Osun State Governor Adegboyega Oyetola described the deceased as a true patriot and respected community leader who made notable contributions to the development of his community and humanity at large.

This, according to the governor, informed the conferment of the chieftaincy title of Oluomo of Igbominaland on him in 2020 by first class Igbomina traditional rulers in Kwara and Osun states.

He added that Balogun also “contributed in no small measure to the nation’s security during his years of meritorious service in the Force, including when he served as the IGP between 2002 and 2005. “

IGP in shock

Police Inspector-General Usman Baba said he was shocked by Balogun’s death.

He commiserated with the immediate family, relatives, fellow course mates, and friends of the late IGP and prayed for the repose of his soul.

Balogun, who would have turned 75 on August 25, died on Thursday at the Redington Hospital, Lekki, Lagos State, following a brief illness.

He will be laid to rest in his home town, Ila Orangun, Osun State today.

Tinubu, Adesina pay tributes to Akin Mabogunje, commiserate with family

All Progressives Congress Presidential Candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, also yesterday expressed his heartfelt condolences to the family of renowned Geographer, Professor Akin Mabogunje.

Mabogunje who was Nigeria’s first Professor of Geography and a world-renowned Urban Planner, passed on on Thursday, aged 90.

Tinubu extolled Mabogunje’s service to the country and contributions to national development, especially in areas of urban planning and sustainable development.

He said: “Professor Mabogunje passed on at an advanced age of 90 and we are grateful for his service to this great country and Lagos State in particular.

“He was an erudite scholar and urban planner. His record of service to the old Western Region, Nigeria as a whole and Lagos in particular will stand in his eternal memory.”

He was an intellectual giant — Adesina

The President, Africa Development Bank (AfDB), Dr Akinwumi Adesina, described the death of Prof. Mabogunje as a great loss to Nigeria and the world at large.

Adesina in a condolence message described the deceased as an intellectual giant whose name was synonymous with Geography.

Adesina said that Mabogunje was exceptional and extremely brilliant, adding that he became a full professor at the University of Ibadan at the age of 34.

“He was the first Nigerian professor in Geography and the first African to be elected to the globally prestigious United States National Academy of Sciences as a foreign associate.

“He was also a prodigious writer, whose work and contributions got him elected as the first African to be president, International Geographical Union.

“Mabogunje was also awarded the Vaudrin Lud Prize, the highest global distinction in geography, widely considered as the ‘Nobel Prize in Geography”

“He contributed immensely to the knowledge and understanding of urbanisation, spatial economic development, and role of rural infrastructure development in reducing rural-urban migration,” he said.

Adesina said in spite that the deceased was an intellectual giant, he was incredibly humble.

He said Mabogunje related with him as contemporaries, adding that he treasured sharing the same name ‘Akin’ with him, as he was fondly called ‘Namesake’.

He said: “I will greatly miss the precious moments we spoke as he always encouraged me to keep on being an ‘Akin’, a warrior and conqueror.