A public reception was held, on Wednesday, in Ibadan, Oyo State, in honour of the immediate past Executive Secretary, National Commission for Nomadic Education, Professor Rashid Aderinoye.
The event, organised by the Muslim Community of Oyo State, the state branch of the National Council of Muslim Youth Organisations (NACOMYO) and the University of Ibadan Muslim Graduates’ Association (UIMGA), was designed to acknowledge Professor Aderinoye’s contributions to the advancement of nomadic education and the cause of humanity while he held sway at the commission.
In a remark, the Aare Musulumi of Yorubaland, Alhaji Dawud Akinola, described Aderinoye as an accomplished public servant and devout Muslim with immense love for family and country.
Akinola commended Aderinoye for the standard he set for the commission and urged his successor to take a leaf from honouree’s sense of duty and patriotism and use the existing template to take the commission to the next level.
He urged elected and appointed public office holders to emulate Aderinoye and use their positions to serve God and humanity.
Also, president of UIMGA, Dr Sakariyau Adewumi, described Professor Aderinoye as a unique Muslim with eagerness to assist other people to get to the peak.
Speaking on behalf of the Federation of Muslim Women’s Associations in Nigeria (FOMWAN), Dr Lateefat Dairo said the large heart and public spirit of the honouree were underlined by his contributions to the successful construction of the association’s orphanage.
She called on influential Muslims to make the most of their fortunes by becoming candidates of Paradise through service to God grounded in compassion toward fellow humans, especially the underprivileged.
In his response, Professor Aderinoye said he felt fulfilled with what he was able to achieve during his tenure as the head of the commission.
According to him, it is a challenge for his successor to match his record and even surpass it.