The National Association of Osun State Students (NAOSS), recently held a public lecture in honour of Razaq Abubakre, a former Vice-Chancellor and Federal Commissioner for the Public Complaints Commission, Osun State.
The virtual lecture had in attendance Professor Abdul Rasheed Adeoye, Dean, Faculty of Arts of the university who delivered the keynote titled, ‘Academic Excellence: A trajectory to a successful life’.
Dr. Alex Akanmu, Sub-dean, students affairs, delivered another lecture, ‘Adaptation to the University Community: Prospects and Challenges’.
Abubakre who declared the programme opened, thanked the association for convening the lecture.
Earlier, the Association’s President, Adegoke Rahman Adetunji, in his address, extolling the achievements of Abubakre, saying that he was not only an asset to Osun, but a national and global brand in academic scholarship and excellence in ethical leadership.
Abubakre, born on January 20, 1948, in Iwo, Osun State, obtained a Commonwealth Scholarship to pursue his doctoral studies in Arabic Literature at the School of Oriental and African Studies, the University of London from 1977 to 1980.
His undying passion for his discipline became even more evident and profound as he became a Professor of Arabic, at the University of Ilorin in 1989.
He served as the Chairman Governing Council of the Oyo State College of Education now Osun State College of Education, Ila Orangun between 1986 and 1989.
Within the last three decades, Abubakre was Chairman, Governing Council, Muftau Lanihun College of Education, Ibadan; Head of Department of Religions, University of Ilorin 1992 to 1995 and Dean of the Faculty of Arts, University of Ilorin 2001 to 2003.
He participated in forming the World Assembly of Muslim Youth as National President of Muslim Students Society of Nigeria from 1974 to 1975.
He has also participated in several international conferences and taught many leading national icons, including Professor Ishaq Oloyede, present Registrar of JAMB and Professor Muhammad Shafi’u Abdullahi, Registrar National Board for Arabic Islamic Studies (NBAIS). Abubakre has supervised many Professors’ doctoral studies and has served several times on the National Universities Commission (NUC) accreditation body.
He served as President of the Nigerian Association for the Study of Religions (NASR) 1988 to 1992.
Professor Abubakre was twice a Fellow of the German Academic Exchange Programme (DAAD) from May to July 1987 visiting Bayreuth University, Germany and May to July 2006, visiting Ruhr University, Bochum, Germany.
Abubakre was appointed Vice-Chancellor, Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin, (2008-2010), and Chairman, Contact Committee of the National Board of Arabic and Islamic Studies (NBAIS), Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, 2010 to date.
As a distinguished academic, he has over 60 journal articles and chapters in books and full-fledged books published in Nigeria, Europe and the USA to his credit.
This is in addition to delivering commissioned papers at various national and international fora.
He has also edited over 2,000-page book in two volumes titled ‘Shaykh Adam Abdullah al-Ivory in the Tableau of Immortality’ in 2012.
Abubakre presented a commissioned paper on Hajj’s organisation at the Grand Annual Hajj conference, in September 2016 at Makkah, which was extremely well received and culminated in a visit to the King of Saudi Arabia.
The Emeritus Professor had announced N700,000 in total endowment for seven years beginning from 2021 of N50,000 each per year for two students.
The endowment is tagged, ‘ Professor Razaq Deremi Abubakre best graduating student for the Department of Arabic, Faculty of Arts, University of Ilorin and overall best graduating student in the faculty.