Emeritus Prof Akinkugbe epitomized hard work, patience – Most Rev. Akinfenwa, Chief Obasanjo
The death of Emeritus Professor Oladipo Olujimi Akinkugbe has again robbed Nigeria of one of her finest brains who epitomized hard work, humanness and patriotism.
This was the submission of the Bishop of Ibadan Anglican Diocese, the Most Reverend Joseph Akinfenwa at the funeral service of the seasoned professor of Medicine and highly respected administrator, Professor Akinkugbe at Saint Stephens Cathedral, Ondo.
The Most Reverend Akinfenwa also lamented the decay of values and institutions which made the likes of Professor Oladipo Akinkugbe, stressing that until Nigerians go back to these lofty values that once defined us as a people, Nigeria would continue on a downward drive.
While describing the deceased as a God-fearing man with global influence, the Most Reverend Akinfenwa challenged political and public leaders to shun corruption but instead discharge their duties with the fear of God and bear in mind that they would someday give account of their stewardship.
In a eulogy, former president, Olusegun Obasanjo who was a friend of the late Professor for about five decades said ‘Ladipo’ as he fondly called him had a natural way of charming anyone who came his way with his intelligence, intellect, humility, patience, pleasantness and wisdom.
Chief Olusegun Obasanjo said the late Emeritus Professor Akinkugbe cherished his Ondo roots and also noted that he was personally indebted to him for his invaluable contributions to his administration while serving the nation.
Dignitaries at the funeral service included Secretary to Ondo State Government, Mr Temitayo Oluwatuyi who represented Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, former Governor of Ondo State, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, former Governor of Osun State, Chief Olagunsoye Oyinlola, Medical experts, Clergy men and other notable personalities cutting across all fields of human endeavor.