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Political Activist, Prof Yima Sen Dies at 69

Death has occurred of a renowned political activist and academic, Prof Yima Sen. He died Tuesday evening at an Abuja hospital at 69.

Dr Sen, a radical academic, social crusader and mobilizer was a frontline intellectual and the director-general of the Northern Elders Forum, at inception under the leadership of late Senator Abubakar Shola Saraki.

Until his demise, he was a senior academic at Baze University, Abuja, where he taught Mass Communications.

Dr. Yima Sen who hails from Benue State studied Mass Com- munications at the University of Lagos, University of California in Los Angeles, United States of America and the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

In the Second Republic, he was a communications assistant to the late Dr. Chuba Okadigbo when the latter was special adviser on Political Affairs to the late President Shehu Shagari.

Dr. Sen moved to that position from Benue State where he was briefly a Director of Information in the Aper Aku administration also in the Second Republic.

He was a moving force behind the conception and operation of the National Conference strategy in the resistance to military rule in the late 1980 and early 1990s.

Part of his radical involvement then included membership of the
Women In Nigeria, (WIN) platform. In the June 12 crisis, he was heavily involved in the Campaign for Democracy, (CD) and the Democratic Alternative.

In the Fourth Republic, he worked as Special Assistant to the Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, from where he returned to academia.

Never dogmatic but taking a contingent approach to politics, he found himself in the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) where he was a very strong member of the Forum.

Until his death, he nursed the ambition of going over to Cambridge for another PhD programme.

He planned to use such opportunity to investigate a particular puzzle about Africa.

He was, otherwise, a physically strong person until recently when he survived a surgery in Makurdi, Benue State.

But he told callers and comrades afterwards that he was fine and recuperating.

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