Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta –
Former President Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, on Tuesday, described the death of Prof. Tekena Tamuno, as a great loss to the Tamuno family of Okrika and the Nation.
In a condolence letter to his wife, Mrs Tamuno, made available to journalist in Abeokuta, Obasanjo said he received the news with mixed feelings of sadness and gratitude to God.
“I was sad because we will miss his contribution to the building of a new Nigeria of his dream but I am grateful to God for such a life well spent in the service of our fatherland.
“Your late husband was somebody I knew very well; in the days of my being appointed as distinguished fellow of the University of Ibadan in the Institute of African Studies after I left public office as a military Head of State .
“Also, in the days I used to host the Farm House Dialogue on a number of subjects of national, sub-regional and international interest, Prof. Tamuno was a regular participant in the company of Profs. Akin Mabogunje, Adebayo Adedeji and host of other personalities.
“I always found his contributions incisive, profound and authentic and he was quite a warm, receptive and homely personality, soft-spoken and generous with his smile.
Prof. Tamuno was one of the very few who can be said their lives brought a blessing to their generation.
“His most inspiring life and career as a celebrated historian and a respected publisher were well acknowledged.
“He was, by all standards, an illustrious Nigerian who during his lifetime made contributions to the development of the major national institutions with which he was associated, among which were the University of Ibadan and The Bells University of Technology.
“The late Professor was a leading figure in African History, judging from the seminal calibre and pioneering nature of his work as well as the exceptional quality of students who passed through his hand.
“He worked closely with me between 1999 and 2007 as Chairman of The Presidential Advisory Panel on National Security, a Panel set up to look into the whole issue of security of the nation.
“He also worked as Chairman of Okrika Community Peace Committee, mandated to ensure peace in the region.
“As Chairman of Board of Trustees of the Bells University of Technology, which tremendously experienced growth, credibility, and even wider acceptability among stakeholders under his able and effective leadership.
“We would have wished that he is still alive to continue with us on the Nigerian project but the cold hand of death has snatched him away,”he said.
The former president prayed that Almighty God would comfort all who mourn Prof. Tamuno and grant his soul eternal rest.