Prof. Abubakar Momoh, DG, Electoral Institute is dead

The Director General of The Electoral Institute of Independent National Electoral Commission, Professor Abubakar Momoh has died in Abuja.

He is expected to be buried in Auchi, Edo State later on Monday, according to Islamic rites.

The astute professor of political science who is known to be vociferous against the illegal occupation of the Palestinian lands by the oppressive Israeli government passed on early Monday morning after a brief illness.

A foremost campaigner for the Free Palestine and an advocate of a Two-State solution had delivered many incisive lectures against the world oppressive government, describing Zionism as the worst form of oppression (worse than apartheid regime of South Africa) known to the world.

He was renowned to have maintained that Palestinian liberation is more of Human Rights rather than religion, since there exist more Christians among the Palestinians than among the Israelis.

The death of Abubakar who lost his father earlier in the year has thrown the academic community into mourning.

His colleagues across the world, particularly at the University of Ibadan and the Lagos State University described his demise as a monumental loss to Nigeria.

Until his appointment, Professor Momoh was the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Lagos State University, LASU.

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He obtained his PhD in Political Theory and started his Lecturing career in 1988. He has served on various Boards and scientific committees including those of the Centre for Democracy and Development, CDD, and Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa, CODESRIA.

According to his bio-data obtained from African Leadership Centre, Momoh was Vice President of African Association of Political Science, AAPS, and National Treasurer, the Academic Staff Union of Universities, 1991-1995.

He has been a researcher and lecturer at many universities across the world, including being a Visiting Research Fellow, Institute of Development Studies, University of Helsinki, Finland; Fellow, Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, Sweden; Visiting Scholar, Centre for African Studies, University of Cape Town, South Africa; Guest Researcher, Nordic Africa Institute, Sweden; Guest Lecturer, Summer Course on African Law, Catholic University, Brussels, Belgium; Senior Fulbright Scholar, James Coleman African Studies Centre, University of California, Los Angeles, UCLA.

Momoh was Guest Lecturer, African and African-American Studies Department, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA; Visiting Researcher and Tutor, Conflict, Security and Development Group, CSDG, King’s College, University of London; and Visiting Senior Research Fellow, International Development Centre, Open University, Milton Keynes, England, Post Graduate Research Supervisor, Bielefeld University, Bielefeld, German, among others.

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Momoh served as External Examiner to the University of Lagos, University of Ibadan and University of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa and Nigerian Defence College, NDC since 2005.

The erudite Professor has also served on several government technical committees including being a member and coordinator of “Foreign Policy” Subcommittee of Federal Republic of Nigeria “Vision 20:20” Technical Committee. He was also a member of the team that drafted the policy on “Peace Support Operations, PSOS, for the Nigerian Government.

Momoh has also been on several technical teams of the African Union Commission, AUC, and most recently was involved in designing the African Governance Architecture, AGA, and Elections Bench-marking for the African Union.

He has also served as Election Observer to several African countries on behalf of ECOWAS, African Union as well as Election Observer to some European countries.

He is survived by a wife and a son.

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