Eminent Nigerians throng ex-vc’s Ibadan home
•Dignitaries pay tributes to historian
Eminent Nigerians thronged yesterday the Bodija, Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, home of the late Prof Jacob Ade Ajayi to commiserate with his family.
The former University of Lagos (UNILAG) vice chancellor died on Saturday evening. He was 85.
Among those on condolence visit yesterday included politicians, academicians, traditional rulers and members of international community.
They described the demise of the renowned scholar as a great loss to Nigeria and Africa.
Ekiti State Deputy Governor Prof Modupe Adelabu visited the Ajayis.
She said the late History professor made the people of Ekiti, Nigeria and Africa proud by his exemplary life.
Prof Adelabu said: “On behalf of the Ekiti State Government, I have come to say ‘rest in peace, dear daddy, our pride and a great national icon’.”
Former Ekiti State Governor Segun Oni said: “Baba was definitely one of the most outstanding men of this era. He was a titan whose achievements in his chosen field of historiography make us proud to be Nigerians and indeed Africans. Rest in peace, dear prof. You made us proud as Ekiti people, Nigerians and Africans.”
Leading members of the University of Ibadan (UI) community to the home of the Ajayis, the Vice Chancellor, Prof Isaac Adewole commiserated with the family over the death.
He wrote in the condolence register: “We, on behalf of the UI, came to commiserate with the family and international community of scholars on the transition of our dear Professor Ade Ajayi. Rest in peace.”
Also, former UI vice chancellors described the death of Prof Ajayi as a colossal loss to humanity.
Among the former vice chancellors was Professor Emeritus Ayo Banjo.
He said: “Our dear oga, with your departure, Nigeria has lost an outstanding scholar, administrator, a great pride to academicians. It is comforting that on the occasion of your 85th birthday, you were able to see how highly you were valued, as shown. Goodbye. Rest in peace.”
Prof Olufemi Bamiro wrote: “We thank God for your life. You were truly a gift to humanity.”
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