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It was a solemn assembly at the Floor-0 Gallery of the University Hall as members of the University Community gathered to pay last respect to a former Librarian of the Obafemi AwolowoUniversity, Late Mr. Oluwole Afolabi, with the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede leading other Principal Officers of the University to the lying in state for the deceased.

The late Mr. Afolabi, who was born on 25th June, 1948, was the Librarian for the Obafemi Awolowo University from the year 2000 – 2013.

Addressing the gathering, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede paid glowing tributes to the deceased, calling him an embodiment of excellence and hard work, who gave his all for the Obafemi Awolowo University.

According to him: “We are gathered here today to celebrate a man who stood taller than most of his peers in almost every facet of human endeavour. His contributions to the Obafemi Awolowo University through meritorious, excellent and productive service spanned a cumulative period of 38 years. He will be fondly remembered as a man of virtue, principle and hard work, a quintessential librarian who contributed greatly to the Librarian profession of the University through his mentoring efforts”.

He therefore prayed for the repose of the former Librarian, adding that God should also grant his family and the entire University Community the fortitude to bear the loss.

“We are consoled today by the fact that we know that you have gone to rest in a better place, and we pray that the Almighty father will benevolently grant you a unique place of comfort in His bosom eternally, we also pray that God will stand by your family and the entire community in this tying period”.

In his sermon, Ven. (Prof.) Rotimi Adagunodo, while drawing from the Holy Bible, Mathew 25:31-46, implored the gathering to learn from all the virtues of dedication, selflessness and commitment to the development of OAU as exemplified by the deceased.

This, he said was a challenge to everyone present to live a life committed to impacting lives positively adding that everyone will one day give account of his deeds on earth.

Prayers were then offered, for the deceased family and also for the entire University Community before the whole assembly filed out to pay their last respect around the corpse.