MASERU — Professor Adelani Ogunrinade, the former vice-chancellor of the National University of Lesotho (NUL), has died.
The Nigerian academic died at Medi-Clinic in Bloemfontein on Saturday afternoon a week after he was rushed to the hospital.
Ogunrinade had earlier been discovered by his security guard in a semi-conscious state in his bathroom at his official residence at the NUL campus.
Ogunrinade, 56, had been in the intensive care unit at Medi-Clinic since his admission until he succumbed to septicemia, an overwhelming infection that normally affects people with diabetes and hypertension.
He was diabetic.
Ogunrinade was still staying at his official residence at the NUL campus as he was waiting for the courts to hear his challenge against his dismissal.
He was fired in February on allegations of making false per diem claims, taking leave without authorisation and misappropriation of funds.
The chairman of the NUL council, Dr Molotsi Monyamane, said the university received the sad news of Ogunrinade’s death on Saturday night.
“We are sad about the news,” Monyamane said on Tuesday.
“We offer our condolences to his family, friends and colleagues. He was a brilliant academic.
“Although there were some problems with his management, Ogunrinade was quite instrumental in forging good relations between NUL and other universities.
“He was good at building relationships with other institutions and government to create a conducive learning, research and teaching environment.”
Ogunrinade was a good fundraiser as well, Monyamane said, adding that the university was now working with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and his family to repatriate his body to Nigeria. — Staff Reporter.