Friends, associates and admirers of late Pius Adesanmi have paid tribute to the erudite scholar described as an intrepid revolutionary who fought with superior ideas for the emancipation of the black race.
The tributes were reeled out on Saturday at the NUJ Press Centre in Adegbemile Akure, Ondo state for Adesanmi who died in the ill-fated Ethiopian airline 302.
Donning T-shirts and caps with images and inscriptions of the deceased, the participants gathered to celebrate the life and times of the late Professor.
Present at the ceremony were the Special Adviser to the Governor of Ondo State on Public Utilities, Tunji Light Ariyomo, former Head of Service of Ondo State, Ajose Ikudeinbu, Rev. Fr. Joseph Ogodo of Ondo Catholic Diocese who is the Director, Domus Pacis Pastoral Institute in Igoba, Akure, Tope Famuti, President of the 83/88 set of the St. Thomas Aquinas College Akure Old Students’ Association amongst others.
In his tribute, Ariyomo said, “Pius knew long ago that our future as a people would be affected by the depth and quality of our education as well as the quality of minds that constitute our leadership”.
“There are many works of Pius that many have described as the best. For me, however, due to its central significance to the leadership ascension theme of most African democracies, my best of Pius’ works is an essay titled ‘2015: I endorse you, spectocrat!’
“This work ministered directly to the theme of pseudo-democracy in Africa and the ultimate need of ensuring that leadership becomes beholding to the ordinary masses rather than as boons from garrison commanders of Nigerian politics”.
Ariyomo, also described Adesanmi as “brilliance-personified”
Ikudehinbu, in his tribute, described the late Professor as someone who was focused on seeing Africa become a safe haven for her people.
He said the late erudite professor was never tired of promoting knowledge that could lead to bridging the gap between the poor and the rich.
“I met Pius on Facebook. He was a writer and therefore a citizen of the world. His works are towards building a good nation. He promoted the interest of the people through his works and with his sterling talents. Although he could come across as very critical at times, his criticisms were well directed. He was a prophet who appeared to have seen his death coming. He saw into the future.”
Similarly, Rev. Fr. Joseph Ogodo while delivering his Exhortation on Life and the Place of God offered words of consolation to the family, associates and friends left behind by the late professor.
The cleric described the late professor as an Afro-dynamic Laureate who promoted promoted excellence and Africanness in all his works.
He said: “Life itself is a divine mystery. The purpose of life is to make a difference. We should be continuously conscious of the vanity aspect of life and the purpose set by God. Prof. Pius Adesanmi’s unique life teaches us to look back.
Long life may not be good, but good life is good enough.He has died to live. We should take it from where he stopped.”