By Olusegun Folarin 

The Ogun State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Professor Abayomi Arigbabu has affirmed that the legacies of Nigeria’s first indigenous Professor of Islamic Studies, Professor M.O.A. Abdul will be sustained to benefit more students in the fields of Arabic and Islamic Studies.

Professor Arigbabu gave the assurance at the public presentation of the book, “Ascendancy Of Arabic and Islamic Studies In Nigeria” as a commemorative publication in honour of the late renowned Professor, Musa Oladipupo Ajilogba Abdul, held at the Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijagun, Ijebu Ode.

The Commissioner for Education who acknowledged the contributions of Professor M.O.A. Abdul to the spiritual uplift of the people, applauded the Nigeria Association of Teachers of Arabic and Islamic Studies, NATAIS, for promoting the book, about 38 years after his demise.

Professor Arigbabu promised that  copies of the book would be distributed

across tertiary institutions in Ogun State to further enhance the works of the late Professor, who deserved to be immortalised.

In a paper entitled ” celebrating a role model in the ascendancy of Arabic and Islamic Studies in Nigeria” Professor Dawud Noibi said late Professor Abdul had made indelible marks as a trainer of intellectuals and a good role model for both the academic community and the larger society.

Professor Noibi, a former Executive Secretary, Muslim Ummah of South West Nigeria encouraged the faithful to reflect on the values of life after death and strive to contribute towards developing their communities and making valuable impacts on humanity while alive.

The Islamic scholar described the late Professor Abdul as a leader who championed efforts for cooperation between the two dominant religions in the country, urging the people to emulate him.

Earlier, the President, Nigeria Association of Teachers of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Professor Abdulraheem Musa had explained that the book launch was part of efforts to highlight the immense contributions of the late scholar and sustain his legacies in promoting Islamic and Arabic education in Nigeria.

Professor Abdulraheem solicited the continued support of the people towards the growth of the association committed to enhancing the teaching and understanding of Arabic and Islamic Studies among Nigerians.

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