Mr. Owolabi Amisu, a former registrar of the Lagos State University, died early on Tuesday morning while preparing for the Eid el-Kabir prayers, according to his eldest daughter, Joke.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Amisu was appointed registrar in 1998 and held the post until 2004.
A native of Epe in Lagos State, Amisu died at the age of 71, according to the family.
Grieving over the father’s death, Joke told NAN: “It is very disheartening and shocking.”
She said he was not sick until he passed on suddenly.
“My daddy woke up sound and healthy early this morning to prepare for Eid el-Kabir prayers.
“Not until 8.00 am that he complained of a slight headache and we immediately rushed him to Epe General Hospital for treatment.
“But he died at 9.00 am, ” she said.
Meanwhile, condolences have started pouring in for the family, and, among the early callers was Lagos lawmaker, Mr. Segun Olulade, who described Amisu as a knowledgeable and intelligent man.
According to him, Amisu had identified some societal problems and proffered corrective measures.
“Amisu will be sorely missed by all in Epe division because he always put his deep knowledge and understanding of academics at the disposal of people.
“I am deeply saddened by the death of the former registrar. But as a believer, we must take every occurrence as the will of God.
“I condole with his immediate family, the Muslim community and Epe,” Olulade told NAN in Epe.
He urged youths particularly in the area to emulate Amisu’s exemplary life style.
The Chairman, Eredo Local Government, Mr. Adeniyi Saliu, expressed sadness over the death of Amisu, describing it as a great loss to Epe, Eredo community and the academia.
He will be remembered for his boldness, courageous stance and wealth of knowledge which marked him out in the present day Nigeria,” he also told NAN.
Also, Mrs. Aderonke Ige, the immediate past registrar, Lagos State Polytechnic, said: “His death is shocking to me because I talked to him virtually everyday.
“I did not expect him to leave us so soon. I will miss him greatly and his wealth of knowledge.
“He was well known in the academic environment as an intelligent and courageous man.”