Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, is saddened over the death of a renowned academic and former Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Abia State University, Professor Anthony Nwabughogu.
In a statement by Onyebuchi Ememanka, his Chief Press Secretary, on Wednesday, Ikpeazu described the the deceased as a first grade intellectual who dedicated his entire life to the pursuit of academic excellence and the impartation of same into his students for several years.
The Governor said, â€œProfessor Nwabughogu was one of the most respected authorities in the field of Economic History in Nigeria and beyond. A pioneer staff of the Abia State University where he joined as a young lecturer from the University of Calabar, Nwabughogu remained one of the longest serving academics in our University, rising to become the Deputy Vice Chancellor. He gave a greater part of his working life to our University and together with his entire family, helped to create a solid University Communityâ€.
He added, â€œThe very erudite Professor has played the roles assigned to him by Almighty God and he did so with a deep sense of patriotism and dedication. His footprints, especially on the academic sands of time, will remain indelible.â€
Governor Ikpeazu condoled the entire people and Government of Abia State to his widow, Chief Mrs Comfort Nwabughogu, a former Registrar of the Abia State University, their children, grandchildren, the entire Nwabughogu family and indeed, the academic community for this huge loss.
The Abia Chief Executive further admonished children of the deceased to keep aloft, the flag of excellence, integrity, hard work and professionalism hoisted by their late father.