Pro­fes­sor Ab­dul­raufu Mustapha dies at 63

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Pro­fes­sor Ab­dul­raufu Mustapha has died at the age of 63, fam­ily sources said.

He was a pro­fes­sor of African Pol­i­tics at the Depart­ment of Govern­ment, Univer­sity of Ox­ford in the United King­dom.

An em­i­nent scholar and au­thor, Mustapha died of stom­ach can­cer at about 3 p.m. Lon­don time yes­ter­day. He is sur­vived by his wife, Kate and three chil­dren.

He was au­thor of many works in­clud­ing, Turn­ing Points in African Democ­racy; and Sects and So­cial Dis­or­der, Mus­lim Iden­ti­ties and Con­flict in North­ern Nige­ria.

Mustapha hailed from Ilorin, Kwara State, stud­ied at the Ah­madu Bello Univer­sity Zaria, for his Bach­e­lors and Masters de­gree in Po­lit­i­cal Sci­ence, and pro­ceeded to the Univer­sity of Ox­ford in Lon­don, where he earned his doc­tor­ate de­gree and stayed back to lec­ture till his death. He was a mem­ber of the Pre­mium Times Editorial Board.

Mustapha’s re­search fo­cused on the pol­i­tics of ru­ral so­ci­eties in Africa, eth­nic­ity and iden­tity pol­i­tics and the pol­i­tics of democrati­sa­tion in Africa. He had held teach­ing po­si­tions at Bayero Univer­sity, Kano, and Ah­madu Bello Univer­sity, Zaria, Nige­ria.

He was a mem­ber of the editorial ad­vi­sory groups for the Re­view of African Po­lit­i­cal Econ­omy, Africa, and the Board of Trustees of the Devel­op­ment Re­search and Projects Cen­tre (DRPC), Kano, Nige­ria.

Mustapha was the lead re­searcher on the Is­lam Re­search Project, IRP-Abuja, funded by the Dutch For­eign Min­istry.

The pro­fes­sor also worked on the re­port on eth­nic mi­nori­ties for the Work­ing Group on Eth­nic Mi­nori­ties, UN Com­mis­sion on Hu­man Rights, and the project on ‘Eth­nic Struc­ture and Pub­lic Sec­tor Gov­er­nance’ for the United Na­tions Re­search In­sti­tute for So­cial Devel­op­ment (UNRISD) in Geneva.

Fam­ily sources said his re­mains would be brought to Ilorin for burial, al­though no date has been given. (Pre­mium Times)

Late Ab­dul­raufu Mustapha

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