13th October, 2010
Nigerians have continued to eulogise former Minister of Education, Prof. BabatundeÂ Fafunwa who died in Abuja on Monday.
Eminent personalities who paid their last respects during his burial at the MuslimÂ Cemetery, Ikoyi, Lagos, yesterday, spoke glowingly about him, especially his contributionÂ to the educational sector and Islamic religion.
According to one of them, Femi Okunnu, â€œBabs Fafunwa was a great Nigerian, a worthy humanÂ being. He made tremendous contribution to the educational sector of Nigeria and also madeÂ a great impact in the course of Islam.May the almighty Allah grant him al-jannah.
â€œI hope those who follow his footstep in the educational sector will also imbibe hisÂ great quality.The quality of moulding a young person to be Nigerian,t o learn theirÂ languages,thier mothers tongue and to be good citizens of this country,â€ adding thatÂ Nigerians will miss him.
In his remarks, the Lagos State Commissiner for Home Affairs and Culture, Mr BabtundeÂ Balogun described the late Fafunwa as one of the greatest and most brilliant NigeriansÂ that ever lived. He said Fafunwa championed and pioneered a lot of things in his lifeÂ time.
â€œHe was a very great man and very brilliant too. Nigerians will miss him a lot. NigeriaÂ will miss his innovative ideas. He has a sense of innovation. He was great in terms ofÂ his intellect. He mentored a lot of Nigerians to become great and Nigeria will miss him aÂ lot,â€ Balogun said.
Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU,President, Professor Ukachukwu Awuzie said theÂ academia would miss him sorely.
while describing his death as a great loss to Nigeria.
The Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, Lagos chapter, said the former education ministerÂ lived a worthy life.