President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed shock at the news of the demise of Professor Femi Odekunle, a member of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC).
According to a statement issued by presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, the President described Odekunle as valued friend and a towering intellectual giant with an impeccable knowledge of his chosen academic field, criminology, and in such others as governance and administration.
“His death is very saddening. His lasting contributions as well as his charisma, wit and sense of humor will be sorely missed by all us, his friends and associates.
“May the Almighty repose his soul”, said the President.
Professor Odekunle was an aide of General Oladipo Diya, former deputy military head of state in the. General Sani Abacha administration.
The former don of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, was appointed to PACAC by Buhari in 2015.
Odekunle, Nigeria’s first professor of criminology, was reported to have died at the Covid-19 isolation center in Gwagwalada, Abuja, on Tuesday evening.