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Renowned economist and scholar, Professor Sam Aluko, was on Saturday
buried in his Ode-Ekiti hometown in Ekiti State after a funeral service
attended by eminent Nigerians.
Dignitaries at the funeral service held at the service held at St. Mary’s
Anglican Church, Ode-Ekiti, preceding his burial include Governor Kayode
Fayemi, former governor of old Anambra State, Senator Jim Nwobodo, Mr
Donal Duke and the Action Congress of Nigeria, A CN National Chairman,
Chief Bisi Akande and Nobel Laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka.
Others as National Assembly members from Ekiti State, Prof. Sola Adeyeye,
Iyabo Anisulowo, deputy governor, Mrs.Funmi Olayinka, former vice
chancellor of Ekiti State University, Prof Akin Oyebode, VC, OAU, Prof. Tale
Omole, and Prof Oluyemi Omosini (EKSU).
In a sermon, the Most Rev. Gideon Olajide (Rtd), who is also a childhood
friend of Prof Aluke, described the deceased as a man of excellence who
craved and won excellence in his chosen field.
Rev Olajide noted that Aluko shunned unearned credits and stoutly opposed
getting rewards beyond what he deemed to be his entitlement.
Governor Fayemi in his remarks, said the late Prof Aluko was a nationalist
whose interests transcended the confines of the state of his birth having
taught at various times at the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo
University), University of Nigeria, Nsukka and abroad.
Fayemi recalled how the late economist had sent him a tw0 hundred page
economic blueprint barely two weeks of his assumption of office as Ekiti
His words: Just two weeks to his death, Papa wrote me another three page
letter recalling the details of his earlier recommendations. This was a proof
that Prof was concerned with the development of the state up to the last
moment. We remain thankful to God that apart from leaving excellent children
who have attained the peak in their careers papa has left a lasting legacy not
only in the state but even in Nigeria as a whole."
Aluko died on February 7, 2012 at a London hospital at the age of 83.
Aluko buried amidst encomiums
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