- Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state has paid glowing tributes to Professor Pius Adesanmi
- Adesanmi, an academic, political commentator and satirist, died in the recent ill-fated Ethopian Airlines crash
- He was from Yagba East local government area of Kogi state
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state has paid glowing tributes to Professor Pius Adesanmi, the Nigerian academic, political commentator and satirist, who died in the recent ill-fated Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302 from Addis Ababa to Nairobi.
In an emotional tribute, Governor Bello described Professor Adesanmi as, “the true and ultimate success.”
Although based in Canada and a citizen of the country, Professor Adesanmi was from Yagba East local government area of Kogi state.
Governor Bello said: “Prof’s prodigious output as a writer, teacher, speaker, life coach and literary critic conjures the image of a man in a hurry to cram life full of unforgettable impact before moving on.
“Almost as if he knew his time would be short, the man lived like a shooting star rather than an orbital planetoid. He brought his brightest shine to the game very quickly and at highest intensity.
“Prof hailed from Yagba East local government area of Kogi state and until his death took deep interest in not just his natal solum Isanlu, but Kogi as a state and Nigeria at large.
“He took it upon himself to be the monitoring conscience of Nigeria and his avid penmanship relentlessly harried both his countrymen and government at all levels to behave better, and to aspire higher. He wielded his quill like an old school headmaster wields his switch - with mastery. It cut and coaxed at once, fierce against follies while encouraging honest effort.
“His perspectives were often controversial and I personally did not always agree with him every time he wrote about our government. His intentions were always noble though, and thus I felt pain rather than anger or disappointment whenever I thought he had misunderstood, and therefore mischaracterised, what my administration was trying to accomplish in our beloved Kogi state.
“It was a measure of our high regards for him always that we never joined issues with him at any time. In fact, we were glad to have him as a resource person at a retreat for all political office holders, including me.”
The governor also noted that although he is no more, Professor Adesanmi's legacies will live on due to the vast number of proteges who he inspired globally.
“If, as the gurus say, the ultimate seal of true success is worthy successors, then Pius Adebola Adesanmi is the true and ultimate success. He left behind a global corps of protégés who will take his legacy farther than he himself possibly could, were he to live a hundred plus years.
“I am able to mull his departure with some detachment today while the countless others who knew him more closely are dissolving in a gigantic global meltdown because his life, ‘short’ as it apparently was, poses so many challenges to the living that one is better served by introspection than helpless grief.
“Our sincere prayers and condolences lie with his young family, his beloved mother, his extended families and the friends he left behind. We shall continue to remember him for the honour and glory he brought to Kogi state and Nigeria through his towering accomplishments,” he concluded.
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Governor Bello had earlier described Professor Adesanmi as an illustrious, worthy, great son and proud ambassador of Kogi state, adding that his death was a personal loss to him.
He said Kogi had 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.
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