Ph.D graduand dies on graduation day

A doctoral degree graduand of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Ilorin, Adedimeji Ahmad, died in the early hours of Saturday, before the commencement of the convocation ceremony of the institution.

Mr. Ahmad, whose cause of death was not disclosed, was before his death a lecturer and the Chief Imam of Fountain University, Osogbo, Osun State.

The Dean of the university’s Post Graduate School, Badmas Yussuf, announced the demise of the graduand while inviting the 166 graduands receiving doctoral degrees of the institution to come forward for the Vice-Chancellor’s handshake.

PREMIUM TIMES gathered that Mr. Ahmad, who bagged a Ph.D in Arabic, arrived Ilorin for the graduation ceremony before his death.

Below is how Semiu Okanlawo, a friend to the late lecturer, announced Mr. Adedimeji’s death on Facebook. Mr. Okanlawo is Director, Bureau of Communication and Strategy, office of the Governor, Osun State.

“The Dean PostGraduate School University of Ilorin called his name out in the huge gathering this morning to step out and shake the Visitor to the Institution and collect his Honour, a PhD. Rather than step out for his glory, a sad voice announced “He died early this morning”.

“For a moment, the hall went ‘dead’.

“That is the story of Dr. AbdulHafeez Adedimeji, one of my brothers from Iwo and until his sudden death in the early hours of today, the Chief Imam Of Fountain University Osogbo and a lecturer.

“Exactly the time his colleagues were stepping out at the University of Ilorin for their PhD Honours, he was being lowered into his grave in Iwo. But who are we to query Allah- the perfecter and finisher of our fates? He had paid for and obtained his academic gown for today’s ceremony.

“He drove his children to school Friday morning. He had his eyes on that moment to crown his academic exploits. But Allah had designed it to come this way. No leave drops from a tree save with the permission of Allah. May Allah overlook his wrong steps and rest him perfectly like the favoured.”

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