A former Head of the Department of Political Science and International Studies at the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria, Professor AD Yahaya is dead.
Prof AD Yahaya died on Saturday at a hospital in Abuja and had been buried according to Islamic rites.
Prof Yahaya is the former Director-General of the Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON).
He was one of the first indigenous lecturers in the department of political science and international studies in ABU Zaria and served as its first indigenous HOD (1976 – 1981)
Prof AD Yahaya was also Special Adviser on Political Affairs to the late Muhammadu Abubakar Rimi, the then governor of the old Kano State in the Second Republic.
The deceased was described as an extraordinary human being and an outstanding political scientist.
President Muhammadu Buhari while paying tribute to Professor A. D. Yahaya described the late scholar as an “extraordinary human being, outstanding political scientist and academic 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.”
According to President 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.”
He added that “the prominent Political Scientist made Nigeria and the world a better place and deserved every bit of his fame. His death leaves a huge intellectual vacuum in its wake. May Allah repose his soul.”
President Buhari condoled with his family, friends, and the government and people of Kano State over the demise.