One of the foundation staff of the University of Ilorin, Prof. Yasir Anjola Quadri, has been described as “a highly disciplined, humane and religious personality who has contributed immensely to the growth and development of the University.

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Sulyman Age Abdulkareem, made this observation last Wednesday (February 7, 2018) at the first Biennial Conference of the Department of Religions and book launch in honour of the foremost Professor of Islamic Studies. 

Prof. Abdulkareem's tribute set the pace for an outpouring of encomiums by various guests at the Conference, themed “Religion and Contemporary Issues in Nigeria”, which held at the University Auditorium.

Represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Management Services), Prof. Adedayo Yusuf Abdulkareem, the Vice-Chancellor commended the Department for honouring Prof. Quadri with the book, entitled 'Religion and Human Capital Development: Essays in Honour of Prof. Yasir Anjola Quadri', which was edited by Profs: Y.O. Imam, R.W. Omotoye, P.O. Abioje and Dr A.I. Ali-Agan.

  Also in his own tribute, the Chairman of the occasion, who is also the Bishop of the Anglican Communion, Ibadan Diocese, Most Rev. Dr Joseph Akinfenwa, said that Prof. Quadri has “risen to the position of being called the Magna Carta of the Department of Religions.” 

Rev. Akinfenwa, who is also an alumnus of the University, said, “Prof. Sir, even though you are required by University regulations to retire, please do not disengage from the intellectual community. We still need your voice in the arena of intellectual discourse of religion”.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Head of the Department of Religions, University of Ilorin, Prof. Rotimi Omotoye, described Prof. Quadri as “a role model and unbiased leader who has been playing his role in the Department and the entire University without religious or ethnic bias”.

Prof. Omotoye said that the honoree stands for justice, equity and fair play in his interaction with members of staff and students of the university.

The Head of Department described Prof. Quadri as the “Father of the Department. He stands for justice, equity and fair play in his interaction with members of staff in the Department.”