BUK bomb blast: “Slain professors were international elites

Professor Leo Ogbonyomi killed by gunmen during the attack on Christian worshippers at the Bayero University, Kano, was on Monday described as an international scholar of repute.

Ogbonyomi, a professor of Library Science, was killed alongside another Professor at BUK, Jerome Ayodele, and 13 others while they were attending morning mass in the school’s chapel on Sunday.

Another 71-year-old Professor Emmanuel Olofin escaped death by a whisker because he jumped over a fence.

A one-time student of the university as well as the Secretary of the Okun community in Kano, Jacob Adeola Ajakaiye, on Monday said the manner in which Ogbonyomi’s life was terminated was shocking and disheartening.

The late professor hailed from the Okun speaking tribe in Kabba-Bunu Local Government Area of Kogi State and Ajakaiye who also described Ogbonyomi as an international scholar.

Ajakaiye said, “I have been associating with him (Ogbonyomi) actively for the past 10 years when I was a student in the Mass Communication Department in the University.   “Professor Andrew Leo was an international scholar of repute, who contributed tremendously to the development and growth of the study of Library Science in the country.

“It is on record that he along with other scholars, who include the current Rector of Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja, founded the Department of Library Sciences out of the Department of Education for over 20 years.

“I remember, while on campus as a student, Professor Leo, along with Professor Ajiboro were the patrons of Okun Students Association in the university and were also responsible for assisting many prospective admission seekers to secure admission into BUK.

“Last year, due to his commitment to the development of Okun community in Kano State, he was charged with the responsibility of delivering a key paper during the community’s fund raising ceremony held in the state.

“Definitely, the legacies left behind by Professor Leo will take a long time before it could fizzle out in the minds of the Bayero University community, as well as Okun community in Kano.”

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  1. The only thin i thought we can do as a bonafd indigin of crculer country wic is our Nig. Here is prayer. Bcs non of us knw all dis attaker takles of kwng their hidout or d state their living even d next city 4dem 2 bomb who knws it? Dere4 that is y we must b praying as mre as we ar lvng.

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