- The acting vice-chancellor, University of Ibadan, Prof. Adebola Ekanola, has commiserated with President Buhari over the death of Brig. General Olayinka
- Olayinka, who was a Ph.D. student in UI, was one of the military officers who lost their lives in a plane crash in Kaduna on Friday, May 21
- Prof Ekanola, however, expressed sadness over the loss of the gallant officer who combines intellectual prowess with military operations
The acting vice-chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Prof. Adebola Ekanola, has commiserated with President Muhammadu Buhari over the death of Brig. General Olatunji Olayinka, who died in the Kaduna plane crash on Friday, May 21.
Legit.ng's regional reporter in Ibadan, Ridwan Kolawole, reports that Late Brigadier General Olayinka, 51, who hailed from Ikorodu, Lagos state, was an MPhil/Ph.D. student in the department of peace, security and humanitarian studies, faculty of multidisciplinary studies, University of Ibadan.
The institution's director of public communication, Olatunji Oladejo, said the acting VC described Brig. General Olayinka as a highly cerebral, diligent, disciplined and focused officer, who was interested in using strategic studies to address security challenges in Nigeria.
Prof. Ekanola offered prayers and sympathised with the security family in Nigeria, describing the death of the fallen gallant officers as a colossal loss to Nigeria.
"Brig. General Olayinka and others laid their lives for peace, security and unity of Nigeria. They would be remembered for their contributions to making Nigeria better than they met it.
"It is from dust that we come and to the dust we shall return. His death is a great loss to his family, Nigerian Army, University of Ibadan and the country generally."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that a member of the House of Representatives, Abdulrazaq Namdaz, narrated how he missed boarding the military plane that killed the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Ibrahim Attahiru, and 10 other personnel in Kaduna.
It was reported that the lawmaker said he was invited to attend the Passing Out Parade (POP) of soldiers in Kaduna state.
He said he would likely have boarded the same plane with Attahiru if he had honoured the invitation.
In a related report, Major Nura Hamza, one of the officers who died in the Kaduna plane crash on Friday, May 21, was a philanthropist, according to those who knew him well.
According to multiple social media users close to the deceased, he planned to distribute uniforms and books to students at Salim School in Kaduna on Monday, May 24, after his official assignment in the northwest state.
Hamza was also the founder of Islamic Hospital Kawo, Kaduna, a hospital that treats indigents free of charge. He graduated from the Economics department, Bayero University, Kano state in 2002.