Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo,
Osinbajo, has expressed sadness over the death of Pius Adesanmi, popular Nigerian professor and columnist and 149 passengers and eight crew members involved the Ethiopian Airliner plane crash.
Reacting, Osinbajo’s aide, Laolu Akande in a tweet described death of Adesanmi as a painful loss.
He wrote: “We mourn, with his family and associates, one of our notable public intellectuals of the day, Pius Adesanmi, award-winning writer & Canada-based professor, who reportedly passed on in today’s unfortunate Ethiopian Airlines crash. What a painful loss! May his memory be blessed.”
The lawmaker representing Kaduna Central senatorial district in the National Assembly, Shehu Sani, reacting, in a tweet, described the death of Adesanmi as a painful loss.
He wrote: “Professor Pious Adesammi; A tragic loss of a goodman; May your soul Rest in perfect peace. Adieu.”
Buhari’s aide, Onochie
Personal Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie reacting, in a tweet, described the death of Adesanmi as gone too soon.
“Gone too soon,” she posted on Twitter alongside a picture of Adesanmi.
“He flew away, just like that.
“Sleep tight, great one.”
Canadian University, has expressed shock at the loss of Prof. Pius Adesanmi, Director, Institute of African Studies, who was among the 18 Canadians killed in Sunday’s Ethiopian Airlines disaster.
Benoit-Antoine Bacon, President and Vice-Chancellor of the university, in a statement on Sunday, said the university was devastated by Adesanmi’s death.
“Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time,” Bacon said.
“The Carleton community is shocked and devastated to learn of the death of Prof. Pius Adesanmi, who was among the 18 Canadians killed in today’s crash of an Ethiopian Airlines jet at the Addis Ababa airport.
“Global Affairs Canada has confirmed that Adesanmi is among the victims.
“Pius was a towering figure in African and post-colonial scholarship and his sudden loss is a tragedy,” said the president and vice-chancellor.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and all those who knew and loved him, and with everyone who suffered loss in the tragic crash in Ethiopia.”
“The contributions of Pius Adesnami to Carleton are immeasurable,” said Pauline Rankin, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
“He worked tirelessly to build the Institute of African Studies, to share his boundless passion for African literature and to connect with and support students.
“He was a scholar and teacher of the highest calibre who leaves a deep imprint on Carleton,” Rankin said.