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Eskor Toyo dies at 85


ToyoRENOWNED Professor of Economics at the University of Calabar and Marxist, Prof. Eskor Toyo is dead.
He died at about 7.30 p.m on Monday at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital. Toyo had suffered from series of strokes for the past two years before he finally died at the age of 85.

A comrade, Dr. Edwin Madunagu and his wife who were with him at his last moment, lamented the departure of a revolutionary, socialist and a profound intellectual.

Madunagu said, “Prof. Eskor Toyo, belonged to a biological family but his primary family was the working people of Nigeria and the masses. During the course of his struggle for the oppressed, he suffered series of strokes that lead to his untimely death.
“Everybody who dies will be leaving his family behind, but beyond his family and constituencies is the Socialist National Movement, a constituent that has lost a giant,” he agonized.
Before his death Prof. Eskor Toyo was a member of ASUU Trustees and a leading member of the Socialist Patriots of Nigeria (SPN).

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  • Debaye

    Adieu, the great Prof of Oro Nation.

  • amador kester

    Commiserating with the family of this exponent of tomato- red socialism.

  • Johanes

    Rest in peace Prof. I still have fun memories of your paper presentation in 2001 at Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto.

  • Saka Pena

    Eskor Toyo was an inspiration to many generations of Nigerian workers and intelligentsia. Scholar, mentor. teacher, deep and clear thinker, a valuable feedback for sincere leadership and great Nigerian – That was Eskor Toyo.

  • Eyes Justice

    `Man Know thyself.` He knew himself, and like the great minds who went before him, Herbert Macaulay, Comrades Imoudu and Aminu Kano, he also sought to bring the light to as many as possible while he lived. Such rare intellect, such unparalleled patriotism. Right there in the pantheon of greatest nation-builders.

  • Etukudo Essien

    Prof. Eskor Toyo was a great socialist. A socialist he was in thoughts, words and deeds. His reaction when informed that he would have to pay for a bottle of water in a hotel remains indelible in my mind. He asked to be served water from the tap if he was to pay for bottled water when there was water everywhere in Nigeria. His religious belief ……………… it was powerful.

  • The Light

    Can anyone tell me why this great Professor changed his birth name from Asuquo Ita to Eskor Toyo? I love his belief in humanity and free society. RIP!

  • Sol Omeki

    Eskor Toyo died an un-celebrated hero who lived what he believed in till the end. Rest in peace, Prof.