UNILORIN pro-chancellor Habidu Yazid-Rafindadi dies weeks after naming new VC

Late UNILORIN pro-chancellor Habidu Yazid-Rafindadi

Chairman and pro-chancellor of the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) Habidu Yazid-Rafindadi has died in Abuja.

The university’s director of corporate affairs Kunle Akogun confirmed the development to the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday.

Akogun said the university had yet to give an official statement on the incident.

Yazid-Rafindadi’s death comes barely two weeks after announcing the new vice-chancellor of UNILORIN, Prof. Wahab Egbewole.

Yazid-Rafindadi had said that Egbewole emerged vice-chancellor after rigorous screening of 13 professors by the university governing council.

The deceased, who hailed from Katsina State, was a former secretary to the government and head of service in the old Kaduna State.

Yazid-Rafindadi replaced the chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Prof Ibrahim Gambari, as board chairman of Savannah Centre for Diplomacy, Democracy and Development (SCDDD) before his appointment as the governing board chairman and pro-chancellor of UNILORIN last year.