Controversial professor of political science and former adviser to military president General Ibrahim Babangida, Omo Omoruyi, is dead.
He reportedly died Sunday night in a Benin hospital, after a long-drawn battle with a recurring cancer, which was first diagnosed in 2007.
Appointed Director-General of the Center for Democratic Studies (CDS) by Babangida, the late professor was known for designing several transition programmes.
He also drafted most of the key policy speeches Babangida delivered during his military presidency.
Following the annulment of the June 12, 1993 presidential election believed to have been won by the late Chief M. K. O. Abiola, and the ascension to power of General Sani Abacha, Omoruyi fled to the United States.
After Abacha’s death, Professor Omoruyi returned to Nigeria, but his relationship with Babangida nose-dived.
In 2002, he reconciled with Babangida and attempted to encourage his former boss run for the presidency in 2003. The plan flopped, and the professor returned to the trenches.
Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State led the pack of friends who helped Omoruyi return to hospital when his cancer resurfaced last year.