Prof. Ab­dul­raufu Mustapha (1954-2017): Wit­ness to Be­ing Good

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“Though he has passed on, his rich in­tel­lec­tual legacy will re­main rel­e­vant, widely dis­cussed, cher­ished and avidly uti­lized. This is be­cause Dr. Mustapha’s work cap­tured the lived ex­pe­ri­ences of Africans in di­verse ways. A good many of his pub­li­ca­tions have not only been con­cep­tu­ally rig­or­ous and path-break­ing, they have also proven to have a long shelf life. As we mourn the pass­ing on of our col­league and com­rade, we will also con­tinue to cel­e­brate that he lived a life of in­tegrity, ex­cel­lence and prom­ise.” - Coun­cil for the De­vel­op­ment of So­cial Sci­ence Re­search in Africa (CODESRIA)

Acom­pre­hen­sive Me­mo­rial in honor of late Dr Ab­dul­raufu Mustapha (Al­lah will­ing!) comes up on Fri­day 25th of Au­gust at Yar Adua Cen­tre, Abuja. Pro­fes­sor Ab­dul­raufu died on Tues­day 8 Au­gust, 2017 at the age of 63 in Ox­ford af­ter a dig­ni­fied and coura­geous bat­tle against stom­ach can­cer. Many thanks to Kole Shet­tima, the Di­rec­tor of MacArthur Foun­da­tion Africa Of­fice in Abuja, Nige­ria who as our of­fi­cial Min­is­ter of Sol­i­dar­ity for late com­rades once again rose to the chal­lenge of or­ga­niz­ing (in­stead of ag­o­niz­ing!) all com­rades, friends rel­a­tives to give be­fit­ting burial to the late scholar and brother. May Al­lah re­ward Kole Shet­tima and no­table blos­som child­hood friends of Rauf like A.B Mah­mood, (NBA Pres­i­dent), Shehu Ya­haya, As­mau Joda, Mod­hibo Kawu and great fam­ily mem­bers who helped at the short­est no­tice to make the last wish of Dr Rauf a re­al­ity; be­ing buried at home in Ilorin.

Spe­cial ap­pre­ci­a­tion to his first friend-wife, Kate, chil­dren, As­mau and Seyi Ya­haya for the re­mark­able care for Dr. Rauf while alive and even more for the dig­nity with which they posthu­mously hon­ored Dr Rauf re­mains from Ox­ford to Ilorin via Lagos. May Al­lah grant them more en­ergy to bear the ir­repara­ble loss. While we await a com­pre­hen­sive trib­ute ses­sion to high­light the scholarly legacy of Dr Rauf, yours com­radely at the week­end wit­nessed the dig­ni­fied burial of a good man that Dr Rauf was.

The palace of Emir of Ilorin Al­haji Ibrahim Sulu Gam­bari is known to host gra­cious and pres­ti­gious guests. But yes­ter­day 13th of Au­gust was unique as the Emir of Ilorin, Chief Imam of Ilorin, no­table palace chiefs and a host of fam­ily, friends and well-wish­ers ea­gerly but pa­tiently awaited the re­turn of the re­mains of the il­lus­tri­ous son of Ilorin, Dr Rauf. His re­mains was re­ceived at the palace amidst tears and con­so­la­tion. His Royal High­ness led the first prayers as peo­ple said their fi­nal good­byes to a scholar and a good man. The traf­fic to the palace was a tes­ti­mony to the wide and di­verse im­pact the late Dr. had on the lives of sev­eral peo­ple. From old col­leagues and class­mates to in­flu­en­tial mem­bers of Kwara state wel­comed his body and ac­com­pa­nied him to his fi­nal rest­ing ground. Ar­riv­ing at his fam­ily home at Oke Apomu in Ilorin, the streets were filled with mul­ti­tude of sym­pa­thiz­ers mourn­ing their loss.

He was truly a man of the peo­ple with scores of testimonies about his sim­plic­ity, care for his fam­ily mem­bers and in par­tic­u­lar his 96 years old fa­ther who is still alive to tes­tify to a wor­thy car­ing son. Ac­counts of his good deed al­most turned deep grief to cel­e­bra­tion of a wor­thy life that im­pacted on hu­man­ity.

The most com­mon of ac­counts were about the pro­fes­sor’s gen­tle na­ture and his gen­uine heart at good­ness. The hope is that these pos­i­tive words and testimonies serve as some form of com­fort and so­lace for his won­der­ful equally good wife and his two lovely chil­dren in this dif­fi­cult pe­riod of eter­nal sep­a­ra­tion.

Pro­fes­sor Ab­dul­raufu Mustapha was an em­i­nent scholar, au­thor, re­searcher, friend and a pro­fes­sor of African Pol­i­tics (Ox­ford Uni­ver­sity) United King­dom. Born in Ilorin at Oke Apomu to Al­haji and Al­haja Mustapha 63 years ago, he at­tended Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment Col­lege, Sokoto. He later stud­ied po­lit­i­cal sci­ence at Ah­madu Bello Uni­ver­sity, Zaria and pro­ceeded to St Pe­ter’s Col­lege, Uni­ver­sity of Ox­ford for his Doc­tor­ate De­gree and stayed back to lec­ture. He had held teach­ing po­si­tions at Bayero Uni­ver­sity Kano, and Ah­madu Bello Uni­ver­sity, Zaria.

He was a B.O.T mem­ber, De­vel­op­ment Re­search and Projects Cen­tre, (DRPC), Kano. He was un­til his death, a Pro­fes­sor in African Pol­i­tics, Ox­ford De­part­ment of In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment (ODID), Queen Eliz­a­beth House, Uni­ver­sity of Ox­ford. He was also the Kirk-Greene Fel­low at St. An­thony’s Col­lege. He was the Prin­ci­pal Re­searcher in the Nige­ria Re­search Net­work which has car­ried out com­pre­hen­sive re­search on Is­lam and so­ci­ety in north­ern Nige­ria and on is­sues of con­flict. He was a mem­ber of the ed­i­to­rial ad­vi­sory groups for the Re­view of African Po­lit­i­cal Econ­omy, and the Board of Trus­tees of the De­vel­op­ment Re­search and Projects Cen­tre (DRPC), Kano, Nige­ria. Pro­fes­sor Mustapha held pre­vi­ous aca­demic po­si­tions at Bayero Uni­ver­sity, Kano, and Ah­madu Bello Uni­ver­sity, Zaria.

His ar­eas of re­search in­ter­est are reli­gion and pol­i­tics in Nige­ria, the pol­i­tics of ru­ral so­ci­eties, the pol­i­tics of de­moc­ra­ti­za­tion, and iden­tity pol­i­tics in Africa. His re­cent pub­li­ca­tions in­clude the fol­low­ing edited vol­umes: Gul­liver’s Trou­bles: Nige­ria’s For­eign Pol­icy Af­ter the Cold War; Turn­ing Points in African De­moc­ra­ti­za­tion; and Con­flicts & Se­cu­rity Gov­er­nance in West Africa. Nige­ria and in­deed Africa had lost a pa­triot, a scholar of re­pute at a time the con­ti­nent is in dire need of crit­i­cal pol­icy ideas for growth and de­vel­op­ment.

We pray Almighty Al­lah grant him ALJANNA FIRDAUS. Inna Lil­lahi wa ‘inna ilaihi raji’un.

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