- Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state has expressed deep shock over the tragic death of Kogi state-born Professor Pius Adesanmi
- Adesanmi, a professor in the Institute of African Studies, Carleton University, Canada, was from Islau in Okun land, Kogi state
- He was on-board the ill-fated Ethiopian Airlines plane which crashed in the early hours of Sunday, March 10
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state has expressed deep shock over the tragic death of Kogi state-born Professor Pius Adesanmi who was on-board the ill-fated Ethiopian Airlines plane which crashed in the early hours of Sunday, March 10.
Adesanmi, a professor in the Institute of African Studies, Carleton University, Canada, was from Islau in Okun land, Kogi state.
He was a well known scholar, political satirist, columnist and public affairs commentator.
Governor Bello who described Professor Adesanmi as an illustrious, worthy, great son and proud ambassador of Kogi state, said his death is a personal loss to him.
He said Kogi has lost an accomplished academic, conscience of the society and a great Nigerian who shone brightly at the global stage and brought immense recognition and honour to his fatherland.
The governor's condolences was contained in a press statement signed by his chief press secretary, Mohammed Onogwu, and sent to Legit.ng on Sunday, March 10.
Governor Bello offered words of condolences to wife, daughter and family members of the departed scholar, adding that the late Professor Adesanmi was a great asset to Kogi state in particular and Nigeria in general.
His words: “We are really pained and shocked over the tragic death of our great son and proud ambassador. This is one death too many. The whole of Kogi state has been thrown into deep mourning.
“Our sincere prayers and words of encouragement go to his young family, mother and the beloved ones he left behind. We shall continue to remember him for the honour and glory he brought to Kogi state and Nigeria through his literary accomplishments.
“Professor Adesanmi never denied his Kogi roots as he continued to draw our attention to areas that we needed to accord priority as a state. His words and submissions were always hinged on the need for government to address challenges facing our people. As sad as we are over this unfortunate occurrence, we have taken solace in the fact that His creator has called him home for good.”
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The university in a statement on Sunday evening on its official website, said Adesanmi was one of the 18 Canadians, who died on the Ethiopian Airways flight from Addis Ababa Ethiopia to Nairobi Kenya.
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