- A renowned political activist and academic Professor, Yima Sen has been declared dead
- Until his death, the Benue-born Sen served as the director-general of the Northern Elders Forum
- Many Nigerians have been paying tribute to the late mass communicator who was also active in the Bring Back Our Girls Campaign
Professor Yima Sen, the respected director-general of the Northern Elders Forum is dead.
He reportedly died on Tuesday, October 6 at the age of 69 after a brief illness at Garki hospital, Abuja.
Until his demise, he was a senior academic at Baze University, Abuja, where he taught Mass Communications.
Sen who hails from Benue state studied Mass Communications at the University of Lagos, the University of California in Los Angeles, United States of America and the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.
In the Second Republic, he was a communications assistant to the late Senate President, Dr Chuba Okadigbo when the latter was special adviser on political affairs to then-President Shehu Shagari.
Professor Sen also served as the director of information in the Aper Aku administration also in the Second Republic.
In the June 12 crisis, he was heavily involved in the Campaign for Democracy (CD) and the Democratic Alternative.
In the Fourth Republic, he worked as an aide to then vice-president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, from where he returned to academia.
He was also heavily involved in the prominent Bring Back Our Girls Movement in 2014.
Until his death, he nursed the ambition of going over to Cambridge for another PhD programme.
Commenting on his demise, the immediate past Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, wrote on Facebook:
“I am deeply saddened by the passing away of the Director-General of the Northern Elders Forum, Dr Yima Sen.
“He was a fine intellectual who also dedicated his life to the pursuit of the development of the entire North Central Zone, moulding the minds of the next generation and the development of Nigeria as a nation. He will be sorely missed.
“I pray the Almighty strengthens his family at this very difficult time.”
Sen's death comes two months after the death of another prominent northern elder, Mallam Ismaila Isa Funtua.
Also a distinguished mass communicator, Funtua is the founding managing director of Democrat Newspaper and former President of the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria.