Gen. Adeyinka Adebayo (retd.) has been given a state burial after meritoriously serving the old Western region during the military regime.
Late Adeyinka Adebayo
People of Ekiti State gathered at the Oluyemi Kayode stadium, Ado Ekiti, on Friday to celebrate the late former Military Governor of the old Western Region, Gen. Adeyinka Adebayo (retd.).
His corpse arrived for the Lying-in-State at around 1:40 pm accompanied by Governor Ayodele Fayose, and the son of the deceased, former governor Niyi Adebayo.
The people were clad in a green Ankara with the portrait of Adebayo. In his tribute, the representative of the Alumni of Christ School, Ado Ekiti, Mr. Jadesola Babatola, said Adebayo transformed the nooks and crannies of the western region, especially, Ekiti, with his legacies.
A former secretary of the Yoruba Council of Elders, Dr. Kunle Olajide, said Adebayo achieved greatness because of his diligence, hard work, honesty and commitment to whatever cause he believed in.
“He was recognised in the army for his sterling qualities. He was appointed military governor at the most difficult time for Nigeria. The political temperate was high.
“He identified with the highly and lowly in the society and rejoiced with those in joy and identified with those in sorrow.
“It was due to his commitment to serve his people that he was appointed as the leader of the Yoruba Council of Elders. He maintained neutrality in the politics. Oga Adebayo, well you have come, you have seen and you have conquered.”
His friend of many years and the Odoba of Ado Ekiti, Chief Alex Olu Ajayi, said Adebayo was loved by his country and people.
“He was nearly killed in Asaba but he was a soldier of peace.”
In his address, Fayose urged the people to continue to pray for the family.
He described Adebayo as a true face of Yoruba nation and Nigeria, who genuinely fought for the unity of the country during the civil war that nearly ripped the country apart between 1967 and 1970.