….As Governor Abdulrazaq mourns Akanbi
….He was a replica of his father- Emir of Ilorin
The Janaza prayer for the repose of Professor Muhammed Mustapha Olarongbe Akanbi SAN will hold today Monday (November 21, 2022) at Justice Mustapha Akanbi’s residence, N6 Agbadam Street, Water View, off Ahmadu Way, GRA Ilorin, by 4pm prompt.
Professor Akanbi, who was until his death the Vice Chancellor of the Kwara State University (KWASU), died at a hospital in Lagos on Sunday (November 20, 2022) after a brief illness.
Aged 51, he is survived by wife and children.
Meanwhile, the Kwara State Governor Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Rafiu Ajakaye, described as painful and shocking the death of Prof. Muhammed Mustapha Akanbi, SAN.
“We submit to the decree of Allah who gives and takes. It is against that backdrop that we mourn the Vice Chancellor who answered Allah’s call tonight. He was a true and humble servant of Allah and we beseech our God, the Oft-Forgiving and Merciful, to grant him al-jannah Firdaus,” the Governor said in a statement Sunday night.
“The professor of law was a colossus who played the leading role to open a new chapter of academic excellence and greatness for KWASU. Our condolences go to his family, immediate and extended, to KWASU and the rest of the academic community, and to members of the bar and the bench in Kwara State and across the country.”
In the same vein, the Emir of Ilorin and Kwara State Council of Chiefs, Mai-Martaba Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari CFR, has expressed sadness over the demise of the Vice Chancellor of the Kwara State University, (KWASU) Malete, Professor Muhammed Akanbi SAN,
Alhaji Sulu-Gambari described the incidence as quite shocking, unfortunate and saddening stressing that the VC’s death is a colossal loss to the people of Ilorin Emirate, Kwarans and humanity at large.
In his condolence message issued by his spokesman, Mallam Abdulazeez Arowona, the Emir said: Inna lillahi Waina Ilaihi Rojihhun. I received the news of the death of Professor Muhammed Akanbi SAN with sadness.
According to him, “He was a replica of his late father, the pioneer chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, (ICPC) Justice Mustapha Akanbi (rtd) who was until his death the Wakilin Ilorin Emirate.
“He attained the pinnacle of his legal career to become a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, (SAN) as well as the Zenith of academic profession as a Professor of Law and was appointed by the current administration as the 2nd Vice Chancellor of the Kwara State University, Malete all within his youthful age of existence on earth.
“He demonstrated high level of incorruptibility, hardwork, commitments and dedication to the service of God and humanity at all levels of his private and public engagements. His death is a rude shock and devastating because of what he stood for in the society as a promising young man whose service, wisdom and commitments is needed for the growth and development of our dear nation.”
Alhaji Sulu-Gambari however extended the condolence of the entire members of the Kwara State Traditional Rulers Council to the government and people of Kwara State, especially, Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, the Governing Council, Management and Students of the University, the people of Ilorin Emirate and beyond over the irreparable loss.
While commiserating with the deceased’s families both immediate and exdended, the Emir prayed Almighty Allah to forgive his shortcomings, accept his good deeds and admit him into al-janatul firdaos.
Similarly, the management of the Kwara State University in a statement signed by the Registrar of the institution, Dr (Mrs) W. Sally described the demise of the Vice Chancellor as a rude shock and a great loss to the University.