By Florence Ugbem
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has paid homage to late Prof. Yima Sen, one of Nigeria’s finest intellectuals as he was laid to rest Saturday, at his ancestral home, Mbaapuusu, Shangev-Tiev, Konshisha Local Government Area of Benue State.
The governor, in his speech, described the late Yima Sen as a gentleman par excellence, a worthy ambassador of Benue State, who had both national and international clout, and a man, who devoted his life and fought for the freedom and the emancipation of the poor.
Represented by his deputy, Engr Benson Abounu, he stated that the late Sen, who a friend called a ”Marxist without beards,” died fighting for the people, explaining that, Yima Sen, ”belonged to everybody and belonged to no one in particular.”
He commiserated with the family and entire Shangev-Tiev community for the pain of his loss, the vacuum his death has created and prayed God to grant him eternal rest.
In his remark, former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, represented by Shima Ayati, described the late Sen as a global scholar and advocate for freedom and social equality, stating that he will be greatly missed by all.
In his speech Sen. George Akume, stated that the late Sen was a true patriot who will be remembered for his dedication, commitment and contributions to the development of Nigeria.
To Sen. Barnabas Gemade, a classmate of the late scholar, Sen was his ”special friend,” and long time associate, whose contributions to the socio-political development of Nigeria remains unparalleled.
Untill his death on 6th October, 2020, late Prof. Yima Sen, until his death was a lecturer at Baze University, Abuja who was a part of the struggle to enthrone social justice and equity in Nigeria and beyond. He was 69 years old.