President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday extended heartfelt condolences to the family of Oloruntimehin on the passing of former president of the Nigerian Academy of Letters (NAL) and Historical Society of Nigeria (HSN), Professor Benjamin Olatunji Oloruntimehin.
In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President commiserated with Fellows and members of NAL and HSN on the demise of the very distinguished scholar, who at various times served as a Dean, Faculty of Arts, University of Ife, Ile Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) and the pioneer Dean, Faculty of Humanities, and Chairman Committee of Deans, Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo State.
He said as a great historian and widely published author, President Buhari said that the prolific academic would be fondly remembered for the insights and clarity in his works, helping readers and students alike to understand the importance of history in national development, and how individuals and societies have evolved.
The President noted that this administration’s decision to reintroduce history as an independent subject at the basic education level in the country (Years 1-9) would ensure that the works of scholars like Prof. Oloruntimehin, and those who drank from his fountain of knowledge, were preserved, inspiring future leaders for years to come.
The President prayed for the peaceful repose of the soul of the departed and comfort for all who mourn.