Abidu Yazid, chairman of the board and pro-chancellor of the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN), has died.
According to a statement from Fola Olowoleni, the university’s registrar, Yazid died on Thursday.
In a statement released Friday by Kunle Akogun, Director of General Affairs of UNILORIN, Wahab Egbewole, the university’s Vice-Chancellor Designate, described Yazid’s death as “puzzling, confusing and totally unbelievable”.
Egbewole was recently named vice-chancellor and will succeed Sulyman Abdulkareem, whose term ends on October 15.
Speaking on Yazid’s death, Egbewole described the late pro-chancellor as a model of professionalism and courage.
“I had the very rare opportunity to sit on the board with the late President and wish to record how he conducted the proceedings with extreme candor, the courage of conviction and always putting the University of Ilorin in first,” Egbewole said.
“He was a thoroughbred administrator, an astute manager of human and material resources, and a firm believer in Almighty Allah. He was incorruptible, very detribalized and a great thinker.
“As painful as the passing was, we are consoled that the late Mallam Yazid took the opportunity to serve Allah, his Creator, and fulfilled this mission through his divine worship.
“May Allah be pleased with him, forgive him his faults and grant him Aljanah Firdaus. May Allah console the family and grant them the courage to bear this great and irreparable loss.
Furthermore, President Muhammadu Buhari, in a statement by Garba Shehu, his spokesperson, said that “the nation has lost a skilful administrator and a loyal civil servant”.
“May Allah rest his soul and grant the family he left courage to bear the loss,” Buhari added.