By Mosunmola Ayobami in Ilorin
The serene atmosphere at the University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Kwara State was ruptured on Saturday as the university community, the new graduates, their parents and guests were all thrown into shock and disbelief over the announcement of the death of a graduating Ph.D student, Dr Abdul-Hafeez Adedimeji Ahmad.
Unilorin 2016 Graduating Students
Ahmad, who bagged Ph.D in Arabic, is the elder brother of the Director of the Centre for Peace and Strategic Studies (CPSS) in Unilorin, Dr Mahfouz Adedimeji.
His death was announced by the Dean of Postgraduate Studies, Prof Yusuf Badmas, during the second day’s of the institution’s 32 convocation ceremonies.
While calling the names of the Ph.D graduates one after the other for a handshake with the Vice Chancellor, Prof Abdulganiyu Ambali, and when it was Ahmad’s turn, Badmas announced to the consternation of many that “He (Ahmad) died this morning (Saturday). May His Gentle Soul Respect in peace.”
The congregation, comprising of graduating students, politicians, academics and traditional rulers, was shocked and many responded with mournful yells, which lasted for about 120 seconds.
The cause of Ahmad’s death could not be ascertained as the time of filing this report.
Earlier in his speech, Ambali disclosed that the university had turned out 8,038 graduates comprising 6,069 undergraduates, 66 Diploma and 1,903 post-graduates.
Delivering his address entitled “Keep Working Hard”, the VC spoke of the virtue in hard work and perseverance.
He said: “Since success is not achieved accidentally in life, it is achieved through positive and purpose-driven hard work, your responsibility is to live the rule. The rule is that “if you do what other successful people do, over and over again, nothing can stop you from eventually enjoying the same rewards that they do. But if you don’t do what successful people do, nothing can help you.”