An Ekiti based socio-political group, The Trueface of Ekiti (TFoE), has condoled with the immediate families, Federal and Ekiti state governments over the demise one of her elder state men, General Adeyinka Adebayo as the burial holds this weekend, May 20th, 2017 at his country home, Iyin, Ekiti state.
In a statement signed by the group’s Chief Operating officer (COO), Prince ‘Tosin Jegede, the group noted that the late leader’s commitment to Ekiti State course is immense as he was one of the major campaigners for the creation of the Ekiti state over twenty years ago. His son, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo served Ekiti state as the first Executive Governor between 1999 – 2002.
The group adds “Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE) and entire Yoruba race has lost a great citizen whose words of wisdom, advices and direction will be missed. He has indeed left us a vacuum. General Adeyinka Adebayo was a true patriot and untiring leader with vision.
Though he was proud to be a Yoruba man, but the late general was never a sectional leader. During the civil war, he canvassed against the use of force in resolving the Biafran crisis”.
“General Adeyinka Adebayo was Military Governor, Western Nigeria, 1966–1971, Commandant, Nigerian Defence Academy, 1971-1972, and responsible for Ceremonial military duties, 1972–1975. He retired from the Nigerian Army with the rank of major-general, July 1975, and was one of the founders of and vice chairman of the National Party of Nigeria, NPN, 1979–1983. During his reign as governor of the Western State, he promoted agricultural extension services in particular the establishment of the Institute of Agricultural Research and Training, Moor Plantation, Ibadan. Major General Adebayo was the governor during the infamous farmers’ “Agbekoya” revolt over taxation which was eventually resolved peacefully and harmoniously” the group noted.
The group also commended the step made by the State Governor, Ayodele Fayose to name the Government House, Ado and Iyin General Hospital after the leader.