A Nigeria Professor of Economics, AbdulHakeem Ishola Mobolaji is dead.
Professor Mobolaji died along with his son, Muhammad in an auto crash on his way to Ibadan from Lagos on Sunday 20TH September, 2015. His second son, Abdul Hafiz and a friend, Barrister Abdul Rasheed Attah survived the accident.
In a statement released on Sunday, Professor Bashir Raji the Vice Chancellor of the Fountain University, Osogbo, Nigeria, described the late scholar as rare gem who perfectly blended modern education with IslamIC civilisation. He said the Management and Staff of Fountain University Fountain will sorely miss Professor Mobolaji who was filled with vision for the University, the Muslim Ummah and the nation at large.
Professor Mobolaji who was due to resume as the Dean, College of Management Sciences in Fountain University held Ph.D degree in Economics, M.A. Islamic Banking and Finance, M.Sc, B.Sc Economics from University of Ibadan. briefly acted as Acting VC of Fountain University, Osogbo.
The Professor of Economics was a leading Islamic figure in Nigeria and the pioneer Chairman Board of Directors of Al-Barakah Microfinance Bank Limited and a Senior Lecturer and Postgraduate Coordinator, Department of Economics University of Ilorin. Prior to this, he was a Senior Lecturer and Head of Department, Department of Economics, Fountain University, Osogbo.
He was among the five economists (in Anglophone West African State) selected through high competitive research to study challenges of integration in ECOWAS countries in 2010-2011.
A highly respected and personable university don has established a reputation both in financial and economics world. He consulted for Financial Institutions, Central Bank of Nigeria, ECOWAS and Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the areas of economics and econometric.
An erudite scholar of international repute held Ph.D in Economics, Department of Economics, University of Leicester, UK in 2008. He was an associate Tutor, Management Centre and Department of Economics, University of Leicester. He was also a Senior Research Fellow, Centre for African Research and Resources Development, UK and consulted for Alexander Brookes Training, UK.
An Associate member of Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (ACIT), Member of Nigerian Economic Society, Member of International Association of Islamic Economics, Member Development Studies Association (UK) and a Member African Econometric Society.
The erudite Professor travelled far and wide and published many Books in diverse areas such as: Islamic Banking and Finance; Recent Issues on Financial Development in Sub-Saharan Africa; and Corruption, Accountability and Good Governance in Nigeria.
He also published Journal of Social Responsibility, Journal of Economic Studies, UK and Journal of Financial Economics. He was an author and editor of several books and publications.
Professor Raji described him as a perfect gentleman and a perfect blend of Islam and modern education who will be sorely missed by the entire Ummah.
A co-lecturer in Fountain University, Kamoru Saluhudeen described Professor Mobolaji as a jewel whose position will be difficult to fill for a long time within the Nigeria academia and the Muslim Community.
We in the therenaissanse join The Fountain University, The University of Ilorin, members of The Muslim Congress and the entire Muslim Ummah in commiserating with his family. May Allah forgive him and his son, Muhammad who also died in the same accident. May He grant quick recovery to his second son, Abdul Hafeez and a coleague, Lawyer Abdul Rasheed Attah that was also involved in the accident.
Professor Mobolaji hailed from Abeokuta, Ogun State,Nigeria, and was survived by two wives and children.