Professor Ibrahim A. Yakasai of the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Bayero University, Kano (BUK) is set to deliver the Fifth Public Lecture to mark the 84th Birthday anniversary of the Icon of Community Pharmacy in Nigeria, Pharm. D.S Wali in Kaduna State.
The Public Lecture, established in 2015 in honour of the birthday anniversary of Wali, has had prominent academicians as lecturers from inception, beginning from Prof U.U Pateh (2015); Prof. H.A.Kaita (2016); Prof M. Garba (2017); Prof. E. M Abdurahman (2018) and in 2019, Prof. Yakasai would be speaking on the topic: “Strict Adherence to Ethical Pharmacy Practice: The Responsibility of Pharmacists as Sole Custodians of Medicines”, in Arewa House, Kaduna.
Announcing the Fifth Public Lecture, Prof. Ahmed Tijjani Mora, chairman, Pharm. D.S. Wali’s Book Project Committee, in a recent article published in Leadership Newspaper, on the 84th Birthday of Wali, noted that the Chairman of the Public Lecture as usual is Prof. Abdullahi Mustapha, the immediate past Vice-Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria.
Mora in his tribute to Wali on his 84th Birthday stated that in conceptualizing the contributions of Pharm. Wali in Nigeria, healthcare and the Pharmacy profession, one must juxtapose it with his highly ethical mode of practice of the profession, his exemplary life styles, etiquette, respect for constituted authorities and the culture of “giving”.
“The Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences in ABU, Zaria where he served for almost twenty (20) years on the Faculty Board, and recently that of the Kaduna State University (KASU) were both beneficiaries of his very rich library of Pharmacy books that he shared to them equally, thereby ensuring the effective propagation of the ideals of Pharmaceutical Care in both universities”, Mora stated.
He explained further into his early years noting that Wali inherited greatness from both his parent’s lineage, and had earlier studied in Kano, Katsina and Zaria in Nigeria as well as practiced as a hospital pharmacist in Ilorin and Bida General Hospitals under the now defunct Northern Region (now Nineteen States of the North and FCT).
From the article, Mora also hinted on how Wali’s great grand parents had participated in the reformation of the Islamic religion under the leadership of Sheikh Usman Dan Fodio (may Allah be pleased with him).
According to Mora, “the life and times of Mallam D.S. Wali are certainly those of case studies of a dedicated and professional pharmacist who came, saw and conquered. The history of pharmacy practice in Nigeria especially that of community practice would never be completed without mention of the name of Mallam D.S. Wali in gold”.