The president, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (Retd.), offered condolences on Thursday to the family, friends and associates of the first African president of the International Geographical Union, Prof. Akin Mabogunje, 90.

He said the erudite professor’s departure would be strongly felt by the nation, especially in academia.

Buhari’s message of condolence was in a statement signed by his special adviser for media and publicity, Femi Adesina, entitled “President Buhari mourns Prof. Akin Mabogunje.”

According to Adesina: “The president takes pity on Mabogunje’s network of professional staff and experts, at home and abroad, who have shared his vision of nation building, cerebral works on urbanization, human and regional development, geographical perspectives and reception facilities.

“President Buhari notes the depth, scope and extensive research of the first African president of the International Geographical Union, who in 1999 was the first African elected as a foreign associate of the United States National Academy of Sciences, and in 2017 was elected a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and received the Vautrin Lud Prize.”

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The President affirmed that Prof. Mabogunje’s contribution to education in Nigeria, and in many parts of the world, has remained indelible, especially in the leadership positions he has held, including pro-chancellor and chairman of the council, Ogun State University , Chairman of Ibadan School of Government and Public Policy, Member, Board of Trustees Nigerian National Merit Award Endowment Fund and later Chairman of the Fund.

President Buhari prayed that Almighty God would grant the famous geographer a peaceful rest and comfort his family.

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