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Kwara State University Mourns Professor Pius Adesanmi


Professor Pius Adesanmi who died on the ill-fated Ethiopian airline on Sunday, March 10, will be greatly missed, the Kwara state University has said. 

The Kwara State University (KWASU) has expressed shock over the death of Professor Pius Adesanmi, in the Ethiopian Airbus 737 Maz 8 that crashed in Addis Ababa on Sunday, March 10. 

NAN reports that Adesanmi was the deputy director of KWASU’s Abiola Irele School of Theory and Criticism, which runs every summer on KWASU campus.

In a statement from the university, the vice chancellor, Professor Abdulrasheed Na’Allah, said the scholar and humanist would be gladly missed. 

”It is with a heavy heart that I announce to our staff and students the death in the Ethiopian Airline that crashed in Addis Ababa on March 10, 2019, our own Professor Adesanmi. ”

"He was the Deputy Director of KWASU’s Abiola Irele School of Theory and Criticism, which runs every summer on KWASU campus. ”

And for four years now, he mobilised and taught KWASU junior to middle level senior staff, post graduate students at KWASU. 

”Last year while leaving for Lagos in a KWASU car on his way abroad after the 2018 Abiola Irele Seminar, he was involved in an accident that caused injuries on his leg and arm.

"This man of passion, brilliance and a world renowned columnist, scholar and humanist served KWASU well and would be sorely missed,” 

Na’Allah was quoted as saying. He added that Adesanmi was particularly very close to him since early 90s when he lectured at the University of Ilorin. 

”And we worked together throughout his career; this is a blow for me and my family and my other close friends. 

”KWASU joins his home University, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada and Nigeria to mourn this devastating loss! KWASU would certainly not be able to replace this wonderful patriot.

Meanwhile, it was previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday, March 10, expressed shock on the plane crash involving a Nairobi, Kenya bound Ethiopian Airliner in the early hours of the day. 

The president on behalf the government and the people of Nigeria, extended his sincere condolences to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia, the people of Ethiopia, Kenya, Canada, China and all other nations who lost citizens in the air disaster. 

A statement signed by Garba Shehu, presidential senior special assistant on media and publicity said the large scale of human lives lost in the single incident is shocking beyond words.



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