The President of African Development Bank (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina, says he is saddened by the demise of the renowned nephrologist, Emeritus Prof. Oladipo Akinkugbe.
Adesina in a tweet via his Twitter account expressed sorrow over the death of the professor, adding that the country lost a rare gem.
He said “I am saddened by the death of Prof. Oladipo Akinkugbe today at the age of 86 years. Prof was a rare gem.
“An exceptionally brilliant and globally acclaimed Professor of Medicine.
“He made Nigeria proud and served selflessly. Thank you sir for your life of immense service. RIP.”
Akinkugbe, who was a pioneer nephrologist in Africa, died on Monday at the age of 86 after a protracted illness.
Before his death, the late octogenarian had outstanding achievements in the field of nephrology and hypertension.
He successfully trained the first generation of indigenously taught nephrologists who went on to become leading figures in nephrology in the country and inspiring a new generation of African doctors to take up nephrology.