Buhari Mourns Prof. Akin Mabogunje
POLITICS DIGEST – President Muhammadu Buhari has sent 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 in a statement by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, commiserated 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 Nigerian National Merit Award Endowment Fund and later Chairman of the Fund,” the statement read in part.
President Buhari prayed that the Almighty God will grant the renowned geographer a peaceful rest, and comfort his family.