It’s no longer news that the Federal University, Oye Ekiti (Fuoye), has been renamed after the late military governor of the old Western Region, General Adeyinka Adebayo (retd.), by the Federal Government.
Here’s what we’ve been able to gather regarding the Federal Government Decision to immortalize Gen. Adebayo
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo stated this on Saturday 20th May, 2017 at the funeral service held at All Saints Anglican Church, Iyin Ekiti.
General. Adebayo was described by Osinbajo as an officer and a gentleman indeed, saying his military trajectory was in a way a lesson in Nigeria’s history.
General Adebayo fought relentlessly for the unity of the country during the civil war that ravaged the country between 1967 and 1970, and that he suggested to the federal government to opt for dialogue rather than the use of force.
“This is a celebration of a life of sacrifice and dedication to one’s community and nation. General Adebayo was a fine gentleman and the first indigenous Chief of Army Staff who Mr. President had a harmonious relationship with.
“As a military officer in 1967, he fought hard to prevent the rebel army from making an incursion into Lagos, the then Federal Capital Territory. He headed the post-war conciliation committee for the integration of the Igbos back to Nigeria. In fact, his military trajectory was a case study in Nigeria.
“General Adebayo did not only serve Nigeria, he served with integrity. In the struggle for democracy in Nigeria, General Adebayo was a member of National Democratic Coalition.”
He said the Adeyinka Adebayo Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, was one of the ways Nigeria would appreciate his contributions to the unity of the country and immortalise him.
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