The death of a prominent Nigerian Professor, Pius Adesanmi, who died in the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash of Sunday, has continued to elicit grief in many Nigerians. The columnist was among the 157 passengers and crew members killed in the crash on Sunday morning, which occurred shortly after the plane left Addis Ababa for Nairobi in Kenya. The Nigerian-born Canadian, who before his death worked at the Institute of African Studies in Carleton University of Canada, was a columnist at PREMIUM TIMES as well as other Nigerian media outfits. Another Nigerian, Abiodun Bashua, was also a victim of the disaster.
The news reported shows how the airline management released the flight manifest showing the countries of origin of the 149 passengers on board, which included a Nigerian, 32 Kenyans, 18 Canadians, nine Ethiopians, eight Italians, eight Chinese, eight Americans, seven Britons, seven French citizens, one Egyptian, five Dutch citizens, and four each from India and Slovakia.
Here are some of the reactions by Nigerians;
The world has lost a fine intellectual, one of a rare breed of thinkers and good governance advocate. It’s confirmed, people, we lost Professor Pius Adesanmi in that Ethiopian Airlines crash. 💔 pic.twitter.com/J68sgftB1b— Gimba Kakanda (@gimbakakanda) March 10, 2019
I have very personal stories to share about Prof. Pius Adesanmi. I pray to God I share them at the appropriate time and place. May his Rest In Peace. This is a big loss for our… https://t.co/rtvdk5RZMd— JJ. Omojuwa (@Omojuwa) March 10, 2019
#PiusAdesanmi Africa has lost a star. Shining with iridescent brilliance across many disciplines. Warm, compassionate & generous, giving of his mind, time & spirit. Nigeria has lost a TRUTH SAYER constantly aligning our broken moral compass. We have lost a friend & our muse. RIP— Tunji Lardner (@TunjiLardner) March 10, 2019
Professor Pius Adesanmi will be remembered for how he brought scholarship to progressive advocacy. His numerous followers on the social media will miss his insightful contribution towards a better Nigeria. I pray his soul will forever Rest In Peace.— Atiku Abubakar (@atiku) March 10, 2019
I am so sad to hear of the passing of the brilliant, patriotic and personable @pius_adesanmi. May his soul find solace in the bosom of the Lord and may God comfort his family and friends. #PiusAdesanmi— Dr. Joe Abah (@DrJoeAbah) March 11, 2019
Payo, you showed me a million plus ways to remember you but zero idea on how to ever forget you. Goodnight my good friend. #PiusAdesanmi— victor ehikhamenor (@victorsozaboy) March 10, 2019
I don't have the words . Feeling so broken right now. #PiusAdesanmi— Kadaria Ahmed (@KadariaAhmed) March 10, 2019
Professor Pius Adesanmi is a star. And I am not just talking about his academic distinctions. I am talking of his spirit.— The Writer Formerly Known As Elnathan (@elnathan_john) March 10, 2019
I wish now, that we had the money to have kept him in Berlin for longer. His last WhatsApp message to me: "Really proud of you bro". I smiled. I still smile. pic.twitter.com/UpTV9E5iuz
And many others… The tweet keeps going on…