Buhari, Obasanjo, Gowon, Jakande, Tinubu, Ambode, others mourn Adebayo
President Muhammadu Buhari has described the late former Governor of the defunct Western Region, Maj. Gen. Adeyinka Adebayo, as a true patriot.
According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, on Wednesday night, the President said this in a telephone call from London to the son of the late general and former Governor of Ekiti State, Niyi Adebayo.
Adesina said the President, who is currently on medical vacation in London, lamented that Nigeria would surely miss the uncommon patriotism and nationalism which Adebayo typified.
The statement read, “The President also commiserated with the people of Ekiti State and the entire Yoruba race, noting that the late octogenarian, while standing firmly for the unity of the country, also fought for the interest of his people as the President of the Yoruba Council of Elders.
“President Buhari prayed that the Almighty God will console the Adebayo family and grant the soul of the departed elder statesman eternal rest.”
The presidential spokesman quoted the deceased’s son as thanking Buhari for the call and commiseration while also wishing the President good health.
Adebayo, one of the finest officers we learnt from in the army – Obasanjo
Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo on Thursday described the late former military Governor of the defunct Western Region, Maj. Gen. Adeyinka Adebayo, as one of the finest officers that he and his mates looked up to in the Nigerian Army.
Obasanjo, who spoke at 8:25pm during his visit to the Lagos residence of the deceased, also said they learnt a lot from Adebayo’s contemporaries.
He said, “He was my boss and, in the military, when we were in active military, we put in proper devotion. He was probably the last of the officers that we looked up to in the army just before the attainment of independence.
“We had a lot to learn from them. And as I said that after him or among the old officers, we will be talking about someone like David Ejoor.
So, the old order has been largely turned over and a new order is coming up. And the way things are going, maybe in another five or 10 years, there will not be many of the officers that were commissioned before independence.
“The officers have done their best and they have yielded the stage to those that are coming behind and I hope that they will do their best and yield the ground to those that will come behind them.”
Obasanjo also held a brief prayer session with the family members and friends of the late soldier.
Earlier, eminent Nigerians in politics, industry and the military converged on the Lagos residence of the deceased to eulogise his ideals.
Business moguls, Aliko Dangote, Femi Otedola, and a former Governor of Edo, Adams Oshimhole, were also at the Ikeja residence of Adebayo.
Our oldest colleague is gone – Gowon
Another former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, described the deceased as someone who worked tirelessly to ensure that Nigeria remained a united nation.
“I am talking as a soldier. Our oldest colleague is gone and he has left the baton to us the younger ones. He was great in every respect and we will always remember him as a fine soldier and someone who worked to ensure that Nigeria continue to remain as a nation,” he said.
Also, former Head of Interim National Government, Chief Earnest Shonekan, said the late Adebayo deserved a state burial.
“He was a complete gentleman. He served the nation very well and I think he deserves a decent and elaborate burial to signify how he contributed to the unity of Nigeria. I hope the country, especially the Nigerian Army can produce more of General Adebayo,” he said.
Adebayo, a trustworthy patriot, says Jakande
The first civilian Governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Jakande, has described the late Maj. Gen. Adeyinka Adebayo as a patriotic and dependable elder statesman.
Jakande spoke during a condolence visit to the family of Adebayo at his Ikeja GRA residence in Lagos on Thursday.
The octogenarian journalist said the Army general would be missed greatly by all Nigerians for his service to the nation.
“He was a great man, very patriotic and trustworthy. He was somebody we can depend upon. We shall miss him,” the former governor said.
Adebayo died on Wednesday on the eve of his 89th birthday.
He rallied Yoruba nation during June 12 struggle – Tinubu
Speaking on behalf of the four surviving Alliance for Democracy governors, the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, urged the Yoruba nation and the entire country to emulate the virtues and legacies of the deceased.
Tinubu spoke on behalf of ex-governors Olusegun Osoba (Ogun), Bisi Akande (Osun) and the deceased’s son, Adeniyi, all of whom served on the platform of the AD between 1999 and 2003.
He said the late Adebayo provided the platform where Nigeria’s unity was launched after the annulment of the June 12, 1993 presidential election and also fought for the unity of Nigeria.
Tinubu noted, “He was a founding Yoruba father. He was a great nationalist, who fought for the unity of the country. He fought for the unity of the country at a critical time. He was extremely courageous and was called upon to lead the entire western states. All that he did was to work hard for the unity of the country.
“He did a wonderful job and left a legacy. When the country had a problem during the annulled June 12, 1993 presidential election, he rallied the people to ensure that Yoruba did not break and Nigeria did not break as a result of that.
“He made a great point that no matter what the rule of law was observed. He was committed to bringing us up, not just his immediate family, I remember several meetings we had and the advice he gave. He left a wonderful legacy.
“We must consolidate on the peace in the country. It was not about him alone but the future generation. The peace is a must for us because without peace, we cannot have a nation. We thank God that we are still here to build upon his legacy.”
Adebayo served Nigeria passionately, says Ambode
The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, who came in company with some members of the State Executive Council, noted that the deceased was a great leader and nationalist who served his country passionately.
“On behalf of the people of Lagos State, I bring my deepest condolences to the family of a great leader of the Western Region, of a nationalist, of a pathfinder, of a God-fearing man, a trailblazer that set this new set of Yoruba leaders on the right path. That we are able to come here is not by coincidence, but the mere fact that he would ordinarily have been marking his 89th birthday today.
“So, while we share with mama, this deep sense of loss, we also say congratulations that on a day like this, there is a convergence of those that have gone through the school of General Adebayo, to be able to come here and wish you well, wish the family well and also celebrate a life that was exemplary, that the younger ones like us have the joy to follow.
“To our father, this convergence is to unify us more than ever before, of the course of the Yoruba nationhood of which papa had always been known for. If he had any last wish, he would have wanted this convergence here in his presence, but I know he is present with us here.
“The only thing we can do for him is to make that fundamental wish they’ve always had together in the last nine decades that he was alive, that people like us and the rest of our leadership will bring to the fore the wishes that he ever had for the Yoruba race and the Nigeria nation,” he said.
He never imposed himself on people – Fayemi
The Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, said the former Military Governor never imposed himself on the people, adding that the deceased dedicated his life to serve Nigeria through the Nigerian Army.
Former governors Emmanuel Uduaghan (Delta) and Gbenga Daniel (Ogun) described the deceased as a man of peace, who contributed immensely to Nigeria’s unity and peace while he was at the helms of affairs.
They also described him as a man of peace, a great builder and one who put the nation together.
Those who visited the deceased’s family to commiserate included Commodore Ebitu Ukiwe, a former Minister of Foreign Affairs, General Ike Nwanchukwu; and Fayemi’s wife, Bisi.
The Ekiti-born general, who until his death was the President of Yoruba Council of Elders (Igbimo Egbe Omo Yoruba) with its secretariat in Ibadan, served as the military governor of the defunct Western Region now comprising Oyo, Osun, Ogun, Ekiti, Ondo and some parts of Lagos State between 1966 and 1971.
A former Senior Special Adviser to ex-President Shehu Shagari on National Assembly Matters, Alhaji Tanko Yakasai, has commiserated with the family of the late octogenarian.
Recalling that the late Adebayo was the second military governor of the defunct western Nigeria, Yakasai described his death as a great loss to the country.
Yakasai recalled that Adebayo was appointed a military governor of the region after the demise of his predecessor, Lieutenant-Colonel Adekunle Fajuyi.
He said he met the late soldier prior to the Nigerian civil war when he invited political leaders from northern Nigeria to meet their western Nigeria counterparts to discuss the looming crisis that was threatening Nigeria’s unity.
While describing Adebayo as a charming and charismatic personality, Yakasai recalled that he was a man of integrity.
The All Progressives Congress in Ekiti State, a governorship aspirant, Dr. Wole Oluyede, and a former Nigerian High Commissioner to Canada, Ambassador Dare Bejide, have condoled with the Adebayo family.
In a statement by the Publicity Secretary, Ekiti APC, Taiwo Olatunbosun, the APC on Thursday said the death of the Chairman of the YCE was a great loss to Nigeria, the Yoruba race and his native Ekiti State.
The party said, “Nigeria will greatly miss this detribalised and disciplined military officer, nationalist and statesman, who spent his productive years in the service of his nation at critical moments when the peace, stability and unity of the country were at stake.”
Oluyede in a statement by his media aide, Gbenga Adebamigbe, said Nigerians would eternally be grateful to the late Adebayo for his gallantry during the Nigerian Civil War by defending the territorial integrity of the nation.
“He was able to use his entire life to teach a lesson that one should strive hard to serve well if given a divine mandate to ascend to any political position.
“As a military governor of the old Western Region, General Adebayo raised the bar of governance in the region. May the good Lord grant the family the fortitude to bear the colossal loss,” he prayed.
Bejide, in a condolence statement, described Adebayo as an apostle of politics without bitterness.
“His disposition and love for all regardless of political affiliations and tribal differences were unparalleled,” he said.
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