Professor Ibrahim Gambari, chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari has commended Abdulwaheed Musa, a senior lecturer at the Kwara State University, Malete in the effort he put to publish a book that featured prominent persons from Kwara state titled “Kwara Icons: Compendious Profiles of Prominent Kwarans.”
This was stated in his goodwill message during the book launch yesterday at kwara hotels banquet hall, Ilorin, kwara state .
Ibrahim Gambari who was represented by the Damansani of Ilorin, Engr. Suleiman Yahaya Alapansapa said “the book has a list of of kwarans who have achieved in their fields in the diaspora and within”
In his remarks ,kwara state Governor Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq who was represented by the Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy Affairs and Community Development, Arc. Aliyu Muhammad Saifuddeen also showered encomium on the author ,Abdulwaheed Musa for a job well done .
His Royal Highness, Oba Haruna Olawale Suleiman Olupako of Share , Ifelodun Local Government led royal fathers of the day to the event .
In appreciation the author Dr Abdulwaheed Musa thanked all stakeholders that contributed to making the launching of the book titled “Kwara Icons: Compendious Profiles of Prominent Kwarans” a success.
According to Abdulwaheed “Kwara icons include Tunde Idiagbon, the no-nonsense taciturn soldier who filled the highest position ever occupied by any Kwaran; political heavyweights like the AbdulRazaqs and Sarakis who have dominated Kwara political space for over four decades; foremost diplomats like Ibrahim Gambari, the longest serving Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the United Nations; Abdullahi Mohammed, who served as National Security Adviser and Chief of Staff to three former presidents; decorated intellectuals like Mosobalaje Oyawoye who is the first Professor of Geology in Africa; innovators like Akintunde Akinwande, the MIT Professor who holds patents in Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) and display technologies; some of the most savvy business people, including one of Africa’s wealthiest businesswomen, Bola Sagaya; ace bankers such as Sarah Alade; heroes like Alfa Sa’adu Pategiwho died from COVID-19 contracted from a patient having come out of retirement to save lives during the pandemic; religious leaders like David Oyedepo, and Nigeria’s all-time highest goalscorer, Rashidi Yekini.
Royal Times reports that “The compendium— a celebration of Kwara icons and their achievements— is aimed at serving as abiding inspiration for the young, and an important source of reminiscence and pride for the old.