A FORMER President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Dipo Fasina, popularly known as ‘Jingo,’ has been missing since Saturday, 1 July.
President of ASUU, Emmanuel Osodeke, confirmed this to Premium Times.
Fasina, 76, was travelling to Algeria reportedly at the invitation of the Algerian government when he was said to have missed his connecting flight from Istanbul, Turkey. His whereabouts have since remained unknown.
The Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, also confirmed the development.
A scholar, activist, and unionist, Fasina taught Philosophy for 34 years at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, which he joined in 1979 after returning from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he bagged his PhD.
A trustee of ASUU and chairperson of the Joint Action Front (JAF), a coalition of labour movements and civil society organisations championing pro-people policies in Nigeria, Fasina was born to the Ashogbon royal family of Lagos.
He was nicknamed Jingo by his students.
He was also credited with having founded the philosophy department at the Ogun State University (now Olabisi Onabanjo University).
Since his retirement from OAU, Fasina has taught Philosophy across some Nigerian universities.