President Muhammadu Buhari has paid tribute to Professor A. D. Yahaya, a one-time President of the Nigerian Political Science Association, who breathed his last on Saturday and was buried in Abuja.
In a statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, and made available to DAILY POST on Saturday, Buhari described the late scholar as an “extraordinary human being, outstanding political scientist who played a role in every constitutional reform carried out by the nation from Independence Day to the present.
“As Head of Department of Political Science and International Studies, Ahmadu Bello University, he was an inspiration to many who have distinguished themselves as scholars and administrators,” he said.
According to Buhari, “the former Director-General of the Administrative Staff College of Nigeria, ASCON, deployed his grit and tenacity to pull back the institution from decay and oblivion.
“As an outstanding public policy analyst, the late Professor offered his services to successive administrations, serving as Political Adviser to a former President along the way.”
Buhari added that “the prominent Political Scientist made Nigeria and the world a better place and deserved every bit of his fame.“
He said that his death left a huge intellectual vacuum in its wake.
The President also condoled with his family, friends and the government and the people of Kano State over the demise.