By Dayo Johnson
akure—Friends, associates and admirers of the late erudite scholar, Prof Pius Adesanmi, converged last weekend in celebration, described him as an intrepid revolutionary who fought with superior ideas for the emancipation of the black race.
Tributes were poured on the deceased at a procession ceremony held for him in Akure, Ondo State capital. Prof Adesanmi died in the ill-fated Ethiopian airline.
Present at the ceremony, were: The Special Adviser to the Governor of Ondo State on Public Utilities, Engr. Tunji Light Ariyomo, former Head of Service of Ondo State, Barrister Ajose Ikudeinbu, Rev. Fr. Joseph Ogodo of Ondo Catholic Diocese who is the Director, Domus Pacis Pastoral Institute in Igoba, Akure, Mr. Tope Famuti, President of the 83/88 set of the St. Thomas Aquinas College, Akure Old Students’ Association, among others.
Ariyomo said “Pius knew long ago that our future as a people would be affected by the depth and quality of our education as well as the quality of minds that constitute our leadership.
“There are many works of Pius that many have described as the best. For me, however, due to its central significance to the leadership ascension theme of most African democracies, my best of Pius’ works is an essay titled; ‘2015: I endorse you, spectocrat.
“This work ministered directly to the theme of pseudo-democracy in Africa and the ultimate need of ensuring that leadership becomes beholding to the ordinary masses rather than as boons from garrison commanders of Nigerian politics.”
In his tribute, Ariyomo described Adesanmi as “brilliance-personified.”
Ikudehinbu, in his tribute, described the late Professor as someone who was focused on seeing Africa become a safe haven for her people.
“I met Pius on Facebook. He was a writer and therefore a citizen of the world. His works are towards building a good nation. He promoted the interest of the people through his works and with his sterling talents.”
Rev. Fr. Joseph Ogodo described the late professor as an Afro-dynamic Laureate because in all his works, he promoted excellence and Africanness.
“Life itself is a divine mystery. The purpose of life is to make a difference. We should be continuously conscious of the vanity aspect of life and the purpose set by God. Prof. Pius Adesanmi’s unique life teaches us to look back.”