A renowned Nigerian scholar and former President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Dipo Fasina, popularly known as ‘Jingo,’ has been missing since Saturday, 1 July.
This development was confirmed by the incumbent President of ASUU, Emmanuel Osodeke, in a telephone interview with journalists.
Mr Fasina, 76, was travelling to Algeria reportedly at the invitation of the Algerian government when he was said to have missed his connecting flight from Istanbul, Turkey. His whereabouts have since remained unknown.
The Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, also confirmed to PREMIUM TIMES that her organisation is aware and “we are working on it.”
Fasina is a scholar, activist, and unionist, Mr Fasina taught Philosophy for 34 years at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, which he joined in 1979 after returning from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he bagged his PhD.
A trustee of ASUU and chairperson of the Joint Action Front (JAF), a coalition of labour movements and civil society organisations championing pro-people policies in Nigeria, Mr Fasina was born to the Ashogbon royal family of Lagos.
He was nicknamed Jingo by his students.
He was also credited with having founded the philosophy department at the Ogun State University (now Olabisi Onabanjo University).
Since his retirement from OAU, Mr Fasina has taught Philosophy across some Nigerian universities.
Meanwhile, many friends and associates of the missing scholar, including members of ASUU and JAF, are working towards his safe return.
Speaking with newsmen on Sunday, the ASUU president, Mr Osodeke, a professor, said the union is working hard to confirm the activist’s whereabouts and ensure his return.
“Yes, we are aware of the development and we are working on it. So when we are through in the next two or three days, we will let you know,” Mr Osodeke said telephone.