Tuesday, 12th of May, 2020 would remain fresh in the heart of the entire staff and students of Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, over the death of a former Dean, Students Affairs of the university, Professor Bello Agaie
Until his death, Professor Bello Agaie was the President, Nigerian Veterinary Medicine Association(NVMA) and also the “TSWANKU AGAIE” of Agaie emirate council, Niger state.
The late Agaie was reported to have died of Coronavirus complications.
The PUNCH Newspaper reported the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor Abubakar Sani, Mary Noel-Berje, to have said that the late Agaie died of coronavirus disease.
…Meanwhile, Niger State has lost a Professor of Veterinary Medicine, Professor Bello Agaie of the Usmanu Danfodiyo University to COVID-19.
He prayed that Almighty Allah forgives his shortcomings and grant him Aljannatu Firdausi,” the newspaper quoted the Press Secretary.
The sad news of Professor Bello’s death broke through the campus, leaving many of his colleagues and students shell shocked.
In an emotional laden words, students under the aegis of National Association Of Niger State Students (NANISS) commiserated with the Niger state government, Staff and students of Usmanu Danfodiyo University and Agaie emirate over the passing away of Professor Bello Agaie.
The students association expressed sadness over his death, saying members of the association were pained by news of professor Agaie’s irreparable loss. The Association stated that the deceased led a life of positive influence and good example.
“The service of professor Bello in education and medical profession will be imminently missed as he has been a Don in shaping many lives in active service ranging from various capacity he has hold”
The association, therefore, stated that he would be missed for many reasons.
Also, students of the deceased professor could not contain their sadness over the loss of the man who was not only a lecturer but a ‘father figure’ to them
A final year student of education chemistry, Amidu Mohammed Dabban, who is the former secretary general of Niger students’ Association where the lecturer hailed, said he has lost a man whom he regarded as a father, describing the late Agaei as the invincible pillar behind the numerous exploits of the students’ body on campus.
“Prof was more of a father to me, he was generous, supports us in cash and kind always.”
“The position NANISS occupies on UDUS campus today, many people always see our fathers like Prof Sheikh, Prof Sonfada etc at the fore front, but they never knew prof Agaie was an invincible pillar holding and keeping the association together.
He described the deceased professor as a man of few but wise words and optimistic that his memory would continue to linger in the mind of everyone who crossed paths with him
Abdullahi Kehinde, 300 level student of Veterinary medicine, described the late Don as a lecturer of impeccable characters.
Marshaling his thoughts, Kehinde beamed spotlights on the academic life of the lecturer who he said often stayed back in school to read just like students on campus do.
“He was a well known person to me because sometimes I used to help him carry his bag. He was a hard working lecturer, as I used to see him in office after 9’0clock pm when we are in night class.”
Hassan Godwin, a final year veterinary students said the deceased epitomised truth, caring and a lovely lecturer who was often concerned about the success of his students. Like other students who spoke with this reporter he described the late Don method of lecturing as unique and explanatory.
“He’s so friendly, gives good counsel and makes sure you understand what he’s teaching. He doesn’t mind explaining in your dialect if possible and his lectures are very interesting.”
In the same vein, a 200 level Veterinary student Ibrahim Yusuf olamilekan portrayed the late Don as a spectacular man who he has been longing to tap from his ocean of knowledge owing to the beautiful account senior students relayed to him.
Of course, as a student who have been dying so hard to receive this wonderful man’s lecture, I felt shattered on hearing his demise.
Prof is more or less a father to all students in the department, he’s been an adviser, a motivator, a counsellor, a guardian, a philanthropist just to mention a few.God’s willing, it still remain a couple of years for me to start receiving his lecture. So, academically, his contributions can be comprehensively portrayed by my senior colleagues.
Abubakar yahya Hassan addressed him as a encircling and an altruistic lecturer who is often concerned about his students.
“Prof B M Agaei’s impact went out of faculty of Veterinary medicine Usmanu Danfodiyo University. He was a former Dean student affairs Udusok. He is currently the president Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association. His impact has spanned all over the country. He died with so many projects in mind. Prof taught students from MBBS, Pharmacy, Medical Lab Science and Veterinary medicine. Quantifying how impactful he was is something cumbersome for me.”
“Almost all students were shocked and saddened by his demise. This shows the magnitude of the love students have for him.Prof’s office is somewhere I visit frequently. I will miss his advises and class. He took so much of his time to explain a lot of things to me. I will miss his wisdom.”