Tributes pour in for late Adebayo, former military governor of Western Region

Lagos, March 8, 2017 (TNE): Tributes poured in  for a former military governor of old Western Region, Maj.-Gen. Adeyinka Adebayo, who died in his sleep on Wednesday in Lagos.
His daughter, Mrs Nike Makinde, said her father was a nationalist who was generous to everyone that came his way.
“I will miss talking to him on a regular basis and spending time with him,”  Makinde  said while speaking to newsmen.
“We are sad that we lost him but we have a lot of gratitude to God for his service to the nation. He was a very loving father, very handsome grandfather, very involving in all our lives that are his children.
“We were extremely close to our father. We will miss him a lot.
 
“ Our father was a nationalist, his first constituency was Nigeria and Nigerian Army. Politics was not his constituency, he was a statesman.
“General was a kind man and the next word is that he was extremely generous,” she said.
Also, a  former governor of  Ekiti, Chief  Segun Oni,  said the death  of  the elder statesman   marked  the end of an  era  in  Nigeria’s history.
Oni described Adebayo as  a man of history with a chain of firsts in his military career. ”
“ Until his death, he was the last man standing as  he was the last to wear the Red Cap after the military coup of July 29, 1966,” he said.
The former governor said the deceased was a man with intimidating credentials and the voice of reason in the South West Zone.
The APC in Ekiti  also  described the death of the former military governor of the old Western region as a great loss.
Chief   Taiwo Olatubosun, the Publicity Secretary of the party, said the country had lost one of its prominent nationalists. 
“ Baba lived a fulfilled and accomplished life and that is the consolation we have to bid him farewell,” he remarked.
“We commiserate as a party with the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the entire Yoruba race, Ekiti people and particularly, the family he left behind,” he said.
The Iyin-Ekiti born military governor  died early on Wednesday  in his sleep, one day short to his  89th birthday.
Born in 1928, he was the son of a Public Works employee from Era area in Oketoro Quarters in  Iyin Ekiti.
He was educated at All Saints School, Iyin-Ekiti, and later attended Eko Boys High School and Christ’s School,  Ado Ekiti.
Adebayo later joined the West African Frontier Force in 1948 as a regiment Signaler and  was to  complete  the Officer Cadet Training Course in Teshie, Ghana,  from 1950 to 1952.
 
He  later attended the Staff College course in Camberley (Surrey) in 1960 and the prestigious Imperial Defence College, London,  in late 1965 where he was the only African officer.
Adebayo  retired from the Nigerian Army with the rank of major-general in  July 1975.
 He became the  Chairman of the Yoruba Council of Elders in 2011 while his  eldest son, Niyi, was  governor of Ekiti  from 1999 to 2003.(TNE)
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