Buhari mourns Mabogunje, a leading geographer

Buhari mourns Mabogunje, a leading geographer

On Thursday, the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retired), expressed his condolences to Prof. Akin Mabogunje, 90, the first African president of the International Geographical Union. He claimed that the nation, particularly in academics, will feel the loss of the learned professor. A statement headed "President Buhari mourns Prof.

Akin Mabogunje" and written by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, conveyed Buhari's condolences. "The President sympathizes with Mabogunje's network of professional associates and specialists, at home and abroad, who have shared in his vision of country building, with intellectual works in urbanization, human and regional development, geographic perspectives, and shelter supply," says Adesina.

"President Buhari notes the breadth, scope, and extensive research of the first African President of the International Geographical Union, who in 1999 became the first African to be elected as a Foreign Associate of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and who in 2017 was elected a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and received the Vautrin Lud Prize.

" The President declared that Prof.

Mabogunje's contributions to education in Nigeria and other parts of the world were immeasurable, particularly in the executive positions he held, such as provost and chairman of council at Ogun State University, head of the Ibadan School of Government and Public Policy, and member of the board of trustees of the Nigerian National Merit Award Endowment Fund before becoming chairman of the fund.

The president prayed that the All-Powerful God would give the eminent geographer a sweet rest and bring solace to his family.

Fri, Aug 2022     5

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