A former Governor Of Ondo state, Dr Olusegun Mimiko has described the passing of Professor Oladipo O. Akinkugbe on Monday, 15th of June, 2020, exactly 32 days before his 87th birthday, as a loss of monumental dimension not only to Nigeria and the world of academia, but to countless protégés who have been mentored under his multidisciplinary talent.
Mimiko in a statement released by his Special Assitant on Media, Mr John Paul Akinduro, the renowned professor of hypertension and nephrology, Prof. Akinkugbe was an outstanding academic and a university administrator whose foundational imprints on many a university in Nigeria, have passed into relished legacies.
In His words, “Even though Providence let Prof. Akinkugbe to play a prominent role at a critical juncture in my life, I see myself as one of his many admirers who got attracted to him through his expansive knowledge base, intellectual wit and an avuncular desire to lend a helping hand to the younger generation”
“He will be sorely missed by his wife, Prof. Sade Akinkugbe, his children, the prominent Akinkugbe family of Ondo, the Ekimoguns – home and abroad, the Nigerian Academy of Science, the Nigerian National Merit Award of which he was a Laureate and many other international Medical Associations and Societies. May his soul rest in” peace…..Mimiko Prays