tributes have continued to pour in for the late military governor of the defunct Western Region, Maj. Gen Adeyinka Adebayo, with the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, his counterpart in Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, ex-military governor of the old Oyo State, Gen. David Jemibewon and a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Tunde Lemo, describing Adebayo’s life as well spent.
Fayose, who arrived the Lagos residence of the deceased at 1:57pm on Saturday, said it was necessary to take lessons from Adebayo’s life.
He also noted that his coming to the deceased’s family house was not about politics, a claim which the deceased’s son and ex-governor of Ekiti State, Adeniyi Adebayo, agreed with.
Fayose said, “We must live by the legacies he espoused and ensure that we keep them alive. The death is not a departure into sorrow. The burial is not a business of the family to the best of my understanding. I have communicated with my colleagues (governors) to give the departed a befitting burial.”
Responding on behalf of the family, Adeniyi thanked the governor for the visit, disclosing that the family would inaugurate a burial committee on Sunday (today) with a request that the state government should send a representative.
On his part, Obaseki said Adebayo led a successful life, adding that God helped him to accomplish everything one could wish for.
He stated, “We thank God for his life and legacy. We are happy he lived this long because for those of you who do not know, he survived two major surgeries.”
Also in his tribute to Adebayo, Jemibewon noted that Nigeria would forever owe the deceased a debt of gratitude for his immense contributions to the military and for the number of cadets and officers he motivated.
“Equally, Nigeria owes him for his invaluable contributions to peace and leadership roles during the years of instability and anxiety occasioned by the Nigerian Civil War,” he added.
Lemo said the country had lost a quintessential statesman, an icon and one of the oldest elders that held Nigeria together.
Business mogul and philanthropist, Subomi Balogun, earlier in his condolence message, said, “Egbon touched the lives of many people. He was a supporter of many good causes; a patriot and gentleman who enjoyed doing good. He used to call me ‘omoluabi’.”