The news of the demise of Pius Adesanmi, who died on the ill-fated Ethiopian Airways flight from Addis Ababa Ethiopia to Nairobi Kenya has sent shocking waves across the country.
Social media was rife with speculation after it was first announced the popular scholar was on board the Ethiopian Airways flight that crashed and killed all 149 passengers and eight crew members Sunday morning.
With unspeakable dread, his passing was later confirmed by family members and associates who said he was among the 18 Canadians who died in the crash.
The finality of his death has triggered a poignant outpouring of emotions among Nigerians, who took to social media to mourn the loss and celebrate the exemplary life he led.
Here are some reactions from twitter…
Professor Pius Adesanmi will be remembered for how he brought scholarship to progressive advocacy. His numerous followers on the social media will miss his insightful contribution towards a better Nigeria. I pray his soul will forever Rest In Peace.
— Atiku Abubakar (@atiku) March 10, 2019
— Ayo Sogunro (@ayosogunro) March 10, 2019
When we were in our early 20s, the youngest within the Ibadan/ Lagos literary community, we promised each other that we would work hard to become important writers who travelled the world. My siamese twin @pius_adesanmi was an overachiever. pic.twitter.com/YzQsRgZK5V
— Lọlá Shónẹ́yìn (@lolashoneyin) March 10, 2019
I don't have the words . Feeling so broken right now. #PiusAdesanmi
— Kadaria Ahmed (@KadariaAhmed) March 10, 2019
Professor Pius Adesanmi is a star. And I am not just talking about his academic distinctions. I am talking of his spirit.
I wish now, that we had the money to have kept him in Berlin for longer. His last WhatsApp message to me: "Really proud of you bro". I smiled. I still smile. pic.twitter.com/UpTV9E5iuz
— The Writer Formerly Known As Elnathan (@elnathan_john) March 10, 2019
#PiusAdesanmi, a brilliant scholar and an open minded person. Your memory will always remind me to be a better person and to seek nothing short of good governance in #Nigeria. pic.twitter.com/9AWriA52sq
— Ahmad Salkida (@A_Salkida) March 10, 2019
A really really tragic day. Rest In Peace Prof @pius_adesanmi . I was hoping against everything that this wouldn’t be true. This is a bad day. A bad day for Nigeria. A really bad one for Africa. We have lost an irreplaceable gem. Thank you for sharing yourself with us Prof. pic.twitter.com/wNA8lbFlNE
— JJ. Omojuwa (@Omojuwa) March 10, 2019
The world has lost a fine intellectual, one of a rare breed of thinkers and good governance advocate. It’s confirmed, people, we lost Professor Pius Adesanmi in that Ethiopian Airlines crash. ? pic.twitter.com/J68sgftB1b
— Gimba Kakanda (@gimbakakanda) March 10, 2019