Gen. Bajowa pays condolence visit to Late Gen. Adebayo’s family, describes him as pillar of unity.
Gen. Olu Bajowa (Rtd), the Jagunmolu of Ikale Land has expressed his heart felt condolence on the death of General Adeyinka Adebayo, who died on the 8th of March, 2017. In his opinion, General Adebayo was a great pillar of unity whose singular resolve ensured that the West did not break away from Nigeria during the Civil War. In the condolence register which he signed in the course of a visit to the Ikeja GRA home of the late General, Bajowa noted that the nation has 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 and led us particularly during the Civil War when things were dicey and the roads were “cloudy”.
Bajowa maintained that Late General Adebayo was a pillar that helped Nigeria to be one at that trying period when the Biafran side were hellbent on fragmenting the geographical structure of the indissoluble Nigerian state.
“But for him, the Yoruba’s would not have joined the war. He, with the counsel of Chief Obafemi Awolowo, led the force which fought the break – away Biafran side to a standstill and won the war for the unity of Nigeria. The narrative of the Nigerian civil war will be incomplete without the mentioning of the expertise and sacrifice of the likes of Late General Adebayo, who put their lives on the line for Nigeria to exist as a United sovereign state, ” said Gen. Bajowa.
General Bajowa, in his fond memory of the late war veteran, said Gen. Adebayo was a fine army General and a disciplined military personnel. ” General Adebayo loved Nigeria and Nigerians and not on his watch would he supervise the buccaneering or putting asunder of the constitutionally recognized Republican structure of the country. He was not a coward and never shy away from the courage of his conviction that to keep Nigeria one was a task that everyone must align with. So we kept on fighting the war without either retreating or capitulating until the unity of Nigeria was restored, ” Olu Bajowa stressed.
He also noted that Nigeria will miss Gen Adebayo for his candid opinion on issues and his leadership role in the country when it matters.
He however noted that the best way to preserve the legacies of the late General was for Nigerians to continue to display utmost patriotism and unalloyed love for Nigeria, noting that if Gen. Adebayo did not allow the West to break when the East left, we should also be motivated in our locution and action to keep Nigeria one and avoid any disposition that can threaten the peace of Nigeria.
It will be recalled that the Late. General Adeyinka Adebayo served as the military Governor of the Western region which comprised Oyo, Osun, Ogun, Ekiti, Ondo and some parts of Lagos state between 1966 and 1971.
General Adeyinka Adebayo died on the eve of his 89th birthday anniversary.