Lagos— Condolence visit to Lagos home of the late General Adeyinka Adebayo in Ikeja GRA, Lagos continued yesterday with the visit by General Olu Bajowa, retd, and former governor of Oyo state Alhaji Rasheed Ladoja.
He was a pillar of unity
Retired Gen. Olu Bajowa, a war veteran during his visit described the late Maj-Gen. Adeyinka Adebayo as a pillar of unity that ensured the West did not break away from Nigeria during the Nigerian civil war.
“We lost a doyen of the generals who ensured that the West did not break away from Nigeria during the civil war.
“He led a good life, taught us well, he led us particularly during the civil war when things were dicey and the roads were “cloudy”.
“He was a pillar that helped Nigeria to be one at that time. But for him, the Yoruba would not join the war. He, with the counsel of Awolowo, led the force to fight the battle,” Bajowa said.
He said that the best way to preserve the legacies of late Adebayo was for Nigerians to be patriotic.
“He (Adebayo) loved Nigeria, He made sure Nigeria remained united and that was his motive at that time as the governor of the Western Region.
“He did not allow the West to break when the East left. He and Awolowo insisted that the West must take part in the war and remain part of Nigeria.
“So, we kept on fighting the war,” the general said.
Earlier, Chief Supo Shonibare, a leader of the pan-Yoruba organisation, Afenifere, described Adebayo as “the last of the founders of a united Yoruba nation”.
Notable members of the Yoruba Council of Elders also paid condolence visits to the late Adebayo’s residence eight days after his demise, pouring encomiums on the deceased.
He was a peacemaker, patriot, says Ladoja
Also, former Oyo State Governor, Sen. Rashidi Ladoja yesterday described the late Maj.- Gen. Adeyinka Adebayo as a dynamic leader and peacemaker.
Ladoja made the remark while on a condolence visit to the Lagos home of late Adebayo in Ikeja GRA.
“I was privileged to have sat on the chair which General used when he was the Administrator of the whole western region,” Ladoja said.
According to him, he still learned from some of Adebayo’s actions, even though he was there decades after the late elder-statesman left.
“His activities in the Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE) stand him out as forward looking; not someone who was imprisoned by ideas of the yesteryears .