The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Monday commiserated with the academia over the death of a former Vice-Chancellor of University of Lagos and Pro-Chancellor/Chairman of First Technical University, Ibadan, Prof. Oyewusi Ibidapo-Obe.
Ibidapo-Obe died on Sunday from COVID-19 complications at the age 71.
The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said this in a statement titled, ‘President Buhari mourns former UNILAG Vice
The statement reads partly, “The President affirms that the scholar and administrator will be sorely missed by the academia, government and the country as his sudden transition left a gap that will be difficult to fill, considering his contribution to the development of education, with a rich pedigree of being President of the Nigerian Academy of Science, Chairman of the Committee of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities and upwardly rising over the years with distinguished career.”
In the same vein, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, expressed sadness over Obidapo-Obe’s death.
In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Lanre Lasisi, the Speaker said Obidapo-Obe’s death “is a great loss not just to the academia but also the country.”
Gbajabiamila recalled “with nostalgia” how the professor, a one-time Chairman of the Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities, made remarkable strides during his term as the VC of UNILAG.
The Speaker said his thoughts and prayers are with Obidapo-Obe’s family “at this difficult moment.”
Likewise, the Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Monday described the death of Ibidapo-Obe as a colossal loss to the academia and the country as a whole.
Sanwo-Olu in a condolence message by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Gboyega Akosile, on Monday said , “The late Ibidapo-Obe made lots of positive impact and contribution during his life time to the growth and development of education in Nigeria.
“He wrote his name in gold as a scholar and administrator during his days as the President of the Nigerian Academy of Science, Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos State and Chairman of the Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian universities.”
Also, the Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, has described the death of Ibidapo-Obe, who was his lecturer at UNILAG, as a great loss.
The governor in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Taiwo Adisa, said the late Ibidapo-Obe was a teacher’s teacher and an administrator per excellence, who made great marks on Nigeria’s education sector.
“The news of the death of my uncle and lecturer, Prof. Oye Ibidapo-Obe, came as a rude shock. But we submit to the will of God and pray that the Almighty grants repose to his soul,” the statement added.
Similarly, the Vice-Chancellor, UNILAG, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, said Ibidapo-Obe died at a time that his experience was needed for nation building.
In a statement titled, ‘Painful exit of distinguished Professor Oye Ibidapo-Obe,’ Ogundipe said, “The news of his death came to the university community as a rude shock because of the great service and dedication he has put into developing the institution since he joined as a student in 1968, later as a staff member and eventually as the 8th Vice-Chancellor (2000 – 2007).
“His commitment, vision, resilience and tenacious nature helped to shape the university in many ways.”