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Robert Asquith Robert Asquith wrote on January 2, 2019 at 9:41 am:
I became aware of Raufu’s death only when it was listed in the 2018 St Peter’s College Record that I received in the last week of December. My two friends who also knew him and I exchanged messages within hours of reading of his death. He was listed as a donor to the College as well as in the deaths column.
Raufu lived in the same college house as us during the academic year 1987/88 which was my final year as an undergraduate. I guessed he was around ten years older than us finalists, which turns out about right. I remember him as kind, friendly, and funny. Evening conversations with him during the exam season would leave me feeling I had learned something whilst also that he was interested in me and would leave me feeling refreshed. That routine got me through my Finals and a tough year in which my tutor had died. We lost touch after I Ieft and I was only vaguely aware of his subsequent career but I am not surprised by his success and the esteem in which he was held. It is humbling to have known someone who achieved so much respect.
Reading the guestbook comments it is clear he touched many lives positively as he did mine and is remembered affectionately. I wish the best to Kate and his children.
Deborah Giusy Londono Londono Deborah Giusy Londono Londono wrote on October 7, 2018 at 12:52 pm:
Rest in peace
It is very sad to read of his passing
Nasir K. Mohammed Nasir K. Mohammed wrote on July 19, 2018 at 12:17 pm:
May his gentle soul rest in peace.
erim egodo erim egodo wrote on July 2, 2018 at 6:23 pm:
I never new him but his biography speaks volume of his personality and intellect. And his works on Nigeria endeared me further to him. I recommend that our brothers north of Nigeria should emulate him for he is worthy of emulation.
Rowena Abdul Razak Rowena Abdul Razak wrote on February 5, 2018 at 10:08 am:
He was my tutor and was very helpful. It was sad to read of his passing.
Ami V. Shah Ami V. Shah wrote on January 25, 2018 at 11:07 am:
Back in Oxford, Raufu's absence feels all the more acute. Raufu was many things in both my life as a student and my "real" life afterwards. As my MPhil supervisor and co-supervisor for my DPhil, he seemed to always know when to push, when cheerlead, when to question, when to provide space, and when to congratulate. He undoubtedly made me a better writer, but mostly, a more watchful observer. I had the benefit, repeatedly, over overlapping in Ibadan, Nigeria, with him. Here, he truly was at home, and he did what he could to introduce me to this home so it could, too, in some way become mine. (He also tried to play benign practical jokes on me -- his humor defined many of our conversations.)

Over the years, Raufu and his family have been a type of home, especially with the loss of some of my own family. After months, we could resume communications as if no time had passed; he always, always checked in on my own family, joked that my child was destined to be as short as I am and simultaneously boasted (rightfully) about his children's growth in all ways. This homeplace of mine has changed now but lives on with Kate and the kids, who now mind my own daughter.

Raufu, you are so missed, but your work and life live on.
Sani Bala Shehu Sani Bala Shehu wrote on January 2, 2018 at 3:45 pm:
I came to Know Abdul Rauf Mustapha Through Various Ways the must Important is his writings And many Articles he Authored, he was a Pan African Hero. And we will continues to Remember in in Academic cycles and many other forums, May I use this Medium To Register my Condolence to the entire staff of Oxford as well as student over his saddened demise.
Regina Schönberger Regina Schönberger wrote on December 30, 2017 at 12:10 pm:
Dear Raufu

I hope you’re in a great place right now. It was a huge shock to hear of your death and it felt greatly unjust. I’ll be remembering you as an inspiring, wise and very knowledgable man. In no other station of my life did I learn as much as when I sat in your class. You’ve sparked my lasting interest in Nigeria and I’ll always be thankful for that. It’s a shame you’ve had to leave so early.

Wishing all the best to Raufu’s children and Kate.
Abdur-Razzaaq A. Oyawoye Abdur-Razzaaq A. Oyawoye wrote on December 23, 2017 at 1:16 pm:
Innalillahi wa'inna ilahir raji'un! Allahummagfirlahu warhamhu! May Allah be pleased with your soul, Prof. - a fellow Kwaran and ABUSITE! Rest on!
Sooji Kim Sooji Kim wrote on December 7, 2017 at 1:45 pm:
Thank you so much for everything you have done to teach and care for us. You are missed greatly, much greatly.
Christian Webersik Christian Webersik wrote on December 4, 2017 at 8:42 am:
I was shocked and saddened to hear about the sudden death of Raufu. During my DPhil time at St Antony's, he was an inspiration for my research on Somalia. I well remember his joyful and scholarly nature when meeting with him.
Robtel Neajai Pailey Robtel Neajai Pailey wrote on November 1, 2017 at 10:24 am:
Raufu was my St. Antony's College tutor/MSc African Studies instructor in 2006-2017, and he'd agreed earlier this year to mentor my forthcoming Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship project. His shoes are too big to fill. May his soul rest in perfect peace.
Adam Higazi Adam Higazi wrote on October 2, 2017 at 8:05 am:
Raufu is already greatly missed. He was a supportive supervisor and mentor to me during the years of my Oxford DPhil, and afterwards as I continued research and writing in Nigeria at postdoctoral level. I continue to learn from his scholarship and the important insights he brought to bear on Nigerian society and politics. Raufu’s work was exemplary and he was a much loved and respected teacher. But there was something more distinctive about him than that; he had some rare qualities and was in many ways a one-off. I now more fully understand that this was to do with his particular upbringing in Nigeria and the social and intellectual consciousness he developed during the political ferment of his youth (roughly the 1960s-80s). As I learned only recently, he was from a working class family but as a brilliant student he had a solid educational foundation from school and university at ABU Zaria. He was a student activist and leader who apparently spent most of his time as an organiser of radical politics, yet he still graduated top of his year at university. What was always obvious to me was that Raufu was a scholar whose work was informed by a deep humanity and commitment to social justice. He was not interested in scoring cheap points for self-aggrandisement, but rather there was always real purpose and thought behind his actions and work. That integrity and sense of purpose shone through and I think is worth remembering and emulating. As Jibrin Ibrahim said at Raufu’s memorial service in Abuja, there was that strong sense of wanting to leave the world in a better condition to how he found it. That informed everything he did.

Raufu cared about his students and I think influenced many of us in more ways than we realised at the time. He was not dogmatic and he was not one for waffle or loose words. He was always direct and incisive, including in criticism. Raufu was straightforward and honest – always upfront with people; he didn’t go behind people’s backs. His feedback was often short and sweet (or not so sweet in some instances!), even minimalist, but he made his points precisely and imparted insights and knowledge. He was always in demand and took on a lot of academic work, in Oxford, in Nigeria, and elsewhere. Ideally he would have had a personal secretary to handle his admin! Another thing I appreciated was that he gave me and I presume others the leeway to pursue their own ideas. He was not a control freak who had to dictate the direction of his students’ research. He provided essential guidance and gave good advice, but having this intellectual space to formulate one’s own ideas and make independent discoveries in the field was an important part of my formation as a researcher.

Raufu had a good sense of humour but also a clear sense of right and wrong and he was courageous in expressing his views. At the time of his passing I’d say Raufu was the pre-eminent political sociologist / political scientist writing on Nigeria. A distinguishing aspect of his knowledge was that it was both deep and broad. He had a deep understanding of all regions of the country and spoke the three majority languages of Yoruba, Hausa, and Igbo (wazobia). This is not common even among Nigerian researchers. His understanding of pretty much the whole country was first-hand. Raufu also had impressive versatility, writing with great clarity and insight on a wide range of topics. As others have commented, even though Raufu is now physically no longer with us, he will live on through his scholarship. He will remain a judicious voice on contemporary African and especially Nigerian society.

It is partly through Raufu’s influence that I took to Nigeria and appreciated the country in its tremendous diversity. Despite the many social, economic and political problems that persist there and the endemic corruption, it is still a fascinating place to live and work and I have many close friends there now. I went to Ilorin for Raufu’s burial. It was my first time there and my first time meeting his very generous, kind and large family, including his aged father. It was a very sad occasion and I regretted not having been there with Raufu before. The opportunity didn’t arise, as it’s far from where I usually work. There was a large crowd of people who came to pay their respects, different people coming to the family house day after day. There was deep sadness and fond memories and an appreciation of Raufu’s life and achievements. Kate, Asma’u and Seyi were remarkably strong and even in those hard times they were amazingly gracious and hospitable to all the friends and visitors who came to Ilorin. After the burial Islamic prayers were led by the Chief Imam of Kwara State. Then two weeks later on 26 August there was a memorial service at the Yar’Adua Centre in Abuja organised by Raufu’s close friends, many of them from his schooldays and university from ABU Zaria. The memorial was incredibly well attended – it was in a very large hall (a beautiful venue) that was packed to full capacity with friends and well-wishers; Nigerians of different backgrounds and from different parts of the country who knew Raufu from various stages of his life – whether from academic institutions, civil society, trade unions, or from the field in Rogo in Kano State where he did much field research. It was extremely moving and inspiring to hear the flow of eloquent, heart-felt tributes. In the process I learned a lot of new things about Raufu and his remarkable personal qualities. I left with an even greater sense of admiration for him and realised how modest he was about his many achievements. He touched the lives of so many people and despite his untimely death, he certainly lived life to the full. The more I reflect on Raufu, the more I am impressed by him and the more I miss him.

I will remember Raufu as being supportive, kind, and wise, and when need be, tough. I also remember him as a first rate scholar who was socially committed and always logical, clear-thinking, and rigorous. Condolences again to Kate, Asma’u, and Seyi and to all Raufu’s friends, comrades, and colleagues in Oxford, Africa and the rest of the world. You have every reason to be proud of his achievements and of the values he lived by. I’m writing this on Nigeria’s 57th independence anniversary, which seems appropriate given Raufu’s attention to history and to Nigeria. Raufu loved Nigeria but he was well aware of the country’s problems and he was highly critical of most of its political class. Still, he could see the country’s potential and as he once told me and as Kate emphasised at the memorial service, even when he was in Oxford, Nigeria was always home. His friends in Nigeria expressed their thanks to the family that they brought him home and laid him to rest in Ilorin. Rest in peace Raufu and thanks for everything you did to help me and so many others along the way.
Pia Jolliffe Pia Jolliffe wrote on September 30, 2017 at 7:59 pm:
Please accept my prayers and sincere condolences to Professor Mustapha´s family.
Nic Cheeseman Nic Cheeseman wrote on September 11, 2017 at 2:20 pm:
I was really shocked and saddened to hear that Raufu Mustapha had passed away. A brilliant mind, a fantastic lecturer, and a pillar of all that was good about African studies at Oxford for so many years. I will remember his ability to give incisive lectures with humour, wit and warmth that I could never dream of. He was very kind to me when I was a student, and always supportive - including when he was the internal examiner for my PhD, when he was just want you would want: firm, fair, and constructive. Hearing this news, I was jolted out of the Kenyan election and cast back to my early years at Oxford when he would ask great questions at seminars that were always sharp but always looking to help people to improve their work, helping to make it an incredibly special place to study the continent.
Thinking of his wit and wisdom, his class, and of course his wonderful family, today. A very long time ago I had the pleasure of playing Father Christmas for them at an event - I always remember thinking that one day I wanted a family like that. Kate and Raufu always struck me as fantastic parents and great role models.
So soon after his good friend Georg, it feels so unfair. Love to the Oxford family.

(This was first posted on facebook shortly after the news broke. I thought it might be nice to reproduce it here.)
Justin Pearce Justin Pearce wrote on August 29, 2017 at 12:18 pm:
I was very sorry to hear of Raufu's untimely death, and send my condolences to his family and friends.
Raufu was assigned as my 'college advisor' when I arrived at St Antony's in autumn 2006 to begin the MSc in African studies. At a lunch where we all got to meet our new college advisor, a fellow student and I wondered what on earth a college advisor was. When my classmate put this question to Raufu, he answered with characteristic candour and humour: 'Nothing at all, it's a complete waste of time.' We enjoyed the lunch nevertheless. As I studied not at QEH but first at the African Studies Centre and later in the Politics Department, I never had the good fortune to be taught by Raufu. His influence was nevertheless ever-present in the wider African studies community in Oxford. As an African scholar working in British academia, he never hesitated to point out the shortcomings of scholarship concerning the continent. His debunking of the flimsy basis of the neopatrimonial paradigm taken for granted by a generation of western scholars is something that I have taken to heart and done my best to pass on to my own students.
Henry Gyang Mang Henry Gyang Mang wrote on August 28, 2017 at 3:06 pm:
I remember the first day Matthew and I met with you at the Buttery [in St Antony’s]… [A]s we noted after the meet, you were passionate about Africa and Africans. You will be missed, most especially as a voice for Africa in Oxford. Goodbye Raufu, you will live in our hearts by your works.
Salihu Moh. Lukman Salihu Moh. Lukman wrote on August 26, 2017 at 10:04 pm:
Raufu Mustapha: Huge Debt – A Tribute

Ahmadu Bello University, Faculty of Arts and Social Science (FASS) was a beehive of intellectualism in the 1980s. Around that period, relatively young academics like Raufu, Jibo, Siddique, Alkassum Salihu Bappa, et al, were part of generation of scholars that shaped and are still shaping the lives of many of us. By the time I got into ABU to read economics in 1986, Raufu and Jibo were already on study leave for their postgraduates in UK and France respectively. Raufu was a household name.

For those of us that were privileged to be members of the Marxist organization, Movement for Progressive Nigeria (MPN), we were oriented to understand that Raufu and his generation of cadres left a legacy of service and commitment to the student movement that translated into academic excellence. In all our cell meetings, we were reminded that being members of the movement imposes the academic burden of aspiring to excel. The name of Raufu and Jibo constantly kept being mentioned. Similarly, the names of victimized students’ leaders such as late Abdulrahaman Black, Lamis Shehu Dikko, late Jibril Bala Mohammed, Issa Aremu, etc. who were on the path of academic excellence was also a constant reference.

With a third class, I always looked back with a deep sense of disappointment. Of course I could give excuses of distractions arising from having to discharge my responsibility as NANS President, which involved travels almost weekly and eventual arrest on the eve of my final exams as justification. However, if the truth is to be told, the result of the final year is only a part of the aggregate. A small consolation is that at least I am able to graduate unlike many other potentially academically excellent student leaders who had their academic life truncated with rustication.

The big consolation was that although not quite academically successful, I was a very privileged student leader whose tenure witnessed landmark protests including the 1989 anti-SAP protest. Partly on account of some of these privileges, one was able to enjoy some good recognition from many Nigerian respected intellectuals. People like Raufu must have felt proud by some of those estimated achievements. This could explain the narrative of my first encounter with him sometime around May 1991, immediately after my Youth Service. Returning to Zaria from Maiduguri, Borno State, where I served, I visited ABU. Getting to FASS, there was Raufu in the company of late Prof. Akin Fadahunsi. I was very familiar with late Prof. Akin Fadahunsi who introduced me to Raufu. At that time, he had completed his postgraduate programme and returned to ABU. The short conversation we had on that eventful day, to a large extent opened the opportunity that defined what followed as my working career.

In a profound way, both Raufu and late Prof. Akin expressed the view that finding employment will be tough for me. They jointly came to the conclusion that they think with Comrade Issa Aremu on study leave for his postgraduate programme at the International Institute for Social Studies (ISS), Netherlands, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, then General Secretary of National Union of Textiles will be requiring an economist. Those were inspiring moments that reproduce some sense of self-belief and confidence. The mere reference of being an economist meant a lot to me at that time partly because with a third class certificate, I was troubled with some feelings of complex. Yet, there was I, in front of two intellectually accomplished giants referring me as economist with the full knowledge of my third class certificate. There and then, Raufu invited me to follow him to his house for lunch so that he can give me a note to Comrade Adams. And there was Kate who was sincerely very amiable, to say the least.

The meal that followed was unforgettable – simple, delicious and African – boiled yams with efor soup. May be now one has to confess. Somehow, the sight and taste of that meal raised my curiosity as to whether our comrade has committed class suicide by employing cooks. Since Raufu and myself were just arriving, I believed that it couldn’t have been Kate that cooked the food. Our puritan ideological orientation made us to believe that comrades shouldn’t be associated with exploitative practices. The notion of hiring cooks for some of us at that elementary ideological level shouldn’t be our way of life. Unfortunately, I couldn’t muster the courage to ask Raufu. Instead, I just kept trying to look out for confirmation, which I never got. My subsequent visits rather simply confirmed that Kate and Raufu cooked all their meals and Kate is more African than many of us.

I left Raufu’s house that very first time with a note to Comrade Adams. The next day I went to Kaduna and present the note to Comrade Adams who then asked me to exercise patience and wait for the return of Comrade Issa Aremu who was scheduled to complete his postgraduate programme at the end of the year (1991). I must say, I was disappointed at that point and decided to move to Lagos and try my luck.

In Lagos, comrades in NLC and the human rights community were just amazing. Thanks to Salisu Muhammed, Chom Bagu, John Odah and Chris Uyot, although not provided regular employment, opportunity was provided to serve in NLC education endowment committee. It lasted for about two months. From around August 1991, I was appointed National Administrative Secretary of the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) led by late Dr. Beko Ransome Kuti. I served in that capacity up to February 1992.

Sometime in February, I had some disagreement with Dr. Beko. If you ask me, it wasn’t any fundamental disagreement but I felt very strong about my objection to Dr. Beko’s position and Dr. Beko simply told me that it is either I accept his position or leave. As it turned out, I chose the later and tendered my resignation, which he accepted. That very day, I went to NLC. Coincidentally, I met Comrade Issa Aremu who enquired where I have been and that Comrade Adams has been looking for me.

The next day, I went to Textile Labour House at Acme Road, Ikeja to try and meet Comrade Adams. As luck would have it, I met him at the entrance and he immediately recognized me and held my hand through the staircase to his office on the 4th floor of the building. There were many people at the reception to his office and inside his office we met at least four other people. He introduced me to them and it turned out it was actually interview panel and the people outside were candidates to be interviewed. I was full of confidence and relaxed without knowing that I was being interviewed. I thought it was just some forms of conversation. What was very clear to me was also that Comrade Adams was very interested in some forms of quasi-academic and ideological conversations.

I became conscious of the reality that it was an interview session when a member of the panel, who turned out to be the Senior Deputy General Secretary of the union, Alh. Shittu, asked me the question, how much will I want to earn if I am to be given an offer to work for the union. At that point, I remember making the point that since I have not applied for the job, I will take anything the union offers. In his own way, Comrade Adams flatly told me that the union would not make any offer to me without a demand. At that point, I informed the panel about what I was earning in CDHR (N1,200) without informing them that I no longer work there and told them that N1 addition would be fine. The session ended on that note and a week after went back to Acme Textile Labour House and luckily met Comrade Adams who gave me a letter of offer of employment to resume in the headquarters of the Union in Kaduna with a monthly pay of N1,500. Two days after, I resumed Textile Union in Kaduna.

The rest, as it’s often said, is now history. Thanks to that first meeting with Raufu around May 1991 and the recommendation note I got from him to Comrade Adams, I had the opportunity to serve National Union of Textiles for eight (8) years (1992 – 2000), served as a Project Manager of European Union funded NLC two-year project on Rebuilding the Nigerian Trade Unions (2000 – 2002) and finally Assistant General Secretary of Nigeria Labour Congress (2002 – 2006). Delete that first meeting with Raufu, my career trajectory would have been different.

While in Lagos, I was very much involved with the management of activities of Campaign for Democracy (CD). The critical issue at that point was the campaign against military rule. This was accentuated with annulment of the June 12, 1993 elections. By the time I moved to Textile Union in Kaduna I was still serving as the Deputy General Secretary of CD. Being located in the North, I was given the responsibility of coordinating mobilization in the entire North. There were few Comrades in the North that were part of that coordinating team. Notably Chom Bagu, Y. Z. Ya’u, Daniel Ishaya, Edward Daudu, Tomson Adangbara, late Anselm Akele, among few others. One must admit that it was almost an impossible task. Cannot vividly remember how Raufu and Jibo became a major pillar of support for the discharge of that responsibility as a result of which we were constantly meeting in Kaduna and Zaria to review national development and come up with some plans of action. In the face of big frustrations and constant and sometimes inconsiderate attacks from our comrades in Lagos, Raufu was constantly optimistic and self-assured.

It was a stormy period full of suspicion. As a result, comrades easily get branded and written off. Jibo had a fair share of that with his History As Iconoclast: Left Stardom and the Debate on Democracy piece in 1993. At the heart of that piece was the declaration of supremacy of liberal democracy over Marxism. Jibo basically bullied his way through that period and at every opportunity unapologetically re-affirmed his views. That however did not interfere with his commitment to pro-democratic struggles.

The combined intellectual energies of Raufu and Jibo in those trying periods between 1993 and 1996 were in every respect the motivating factor that strengthens the few of us located in the Northern parts of the country to, as late MKO would put it, keep hope alive in the struggle to nationalize the campaign against June 12 annulment. The vibrancy with which they engaged issues presents them as the true organic intellectuals combining theory with praxis. We held endless night meetings, travel across the country. In those stormy meetings and trying times, had sharp disagreements but Raufu and Jibo were always there to mentor some of us inexperienced and quite young activists. Raufu always had inspiring words to re-ignite our belief and commitment.

Academically, I considered myself a disappointment to Raufu’s generation of organic working class intellectuals. I will remain indebted to him and many in his generation for overlooking my academic shortcomings and putting me on a career path that till today continue to challenge my commitment to the struggles of the working class and their allies.

Thank you so very much Raufu. May Allah (SWT) reward you with Jannatul Firdaus, bless your family and comfort Kate, Asma’u and Seyi. Amin!
Rauf Aregbesola Rauf Aregbesola wrote on August 26, 2017 at 4:53 pm:

Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola
Governor, State of Osun

I received the news of the death of our comrade and revolutionary icon, Prof AbdulRaufu Mustapha, a foremost scholar of African politics at Oxford University, with shock but submission to the will of Allah.

It came on the heels of the passage of my own mother. I was actually gradually coming to the acceptance of my mother’s demise when Mustapha’s death occurred and I therefore find it difficult to live with the fact that our dear comrade is gone.

However, I have not come here to mourn him but to celebrate the passage of this great African and fighter for human freedom and justice.

Prof Mustapha had a stellar academic pedigree, beginning with his bachelor’s degree at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, and later post graduate degrees, including a doctorate, at Oxford University, in England. He had taught at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and Ado Bayero University, Kano, and had a tenured appointment at Oxford University before his demise.

Prof Mustapha has conducted extensive research into religion and politics in Nigeria, the politics of rural societies, democratisation, and identity politics in Africa. He has written seminal papers on these subjects which brought illumination and uncanny insight. In recent past, he has worked on ethnic minorities and before his demise, he was the lead researcher on Islam Research Project (IRP-Abuja), funded by the Dutch Foreign Ministry. The project is a policy-oriented study of interfaith relations in Northern Nigeria.

But beyond his brilliant academic engagement, he was a dogged fighter of the ideological left. He was a keen student of dialectical materialism. However, ideology, for him, is not for its own sake. It consists in how it can be used to lift the human condition. It is on how it can bring emancipation to those in the bondage of neo-colonialism, economic exploitation, religious bigotry, ethnic chauvinism, ignorance, diseases and political subjugation of any form.

He lived this with passion, his entire being and all his resources. He was a kindred soul and this passion drew us together. AbdulRaufu Mustapha was an ideological acquaintance of mine in the 1980s. He was a great humanist and a committed fighter for the oppressed and marginalized classes in the society. He was a believer in the social organization of production for the benefit of all and not the exploitative relations of production for the benefit of a tiny few. He believed rightly that there are enough materials on the earth for all humans to live comfortably, with the rich having enough and the not-so-rich not lacking anything, but having the good life as well. More importantly, he was of the opinion that every human is endowed with enough intellectual and physical capabilities to contribute meaningfully to the development of the society, if their latent talents are well tapped and developed.

For the period our relationship lasted, he exhibited the best in human relationship. He was caring and showed deep understanding and sensitivity to human complexity, graces, frailties and challenges. But he was a great believer in human goodness and capacity for greatness.

He related well with every one that came across his path, such that it became difficult to pin him down to a particular ethnicity, religion and other dividing social identities.

His death is a huge blow to the leftist movement in Nigeria and the world over; the academic community, particularly in Oxford University where he has distinguished himself as an exceptional scholar; the fighters for the cause of the down trodden and underprivileged people; his friends and associates; and all men of goodwill.

On behalf of my family, the government and the good people of Osun, I offer condolences to his family (near and extended), particularly his wife, Kate, and his children, Asmau and Seyi, his colleagues at Oxford and the government and the good people of Kwara State.

May he find peace in his new station. Amen
Anthony Adeyinka Anthony Adeyinka wrote on August 26, 2017 at 9:44 am:
Prof Raufu,

Baba Simply is in a class of his Own Globally Prolific First Class Intellectual, who lead Globally sticklier for Excellence, He was generous to a fault, the exemplar quality of Research papers as well as superior Books written are testimony to his superior Intellectual prowess that can not be questioned or faulted also he laid firm foundation for the next generation of researchers to build upon, a firm family who cared and supported and Impacted upon the lives of all who came upon from the highest of the highest of the Highs to the Lowest of the Lows We Mourn the Loss Of this Great Prince heaven gained a shinning Star