Senate has extolled the
virtues of a former governor
of the defunct Western Region,
Major General Robert Adeyinka
Adebayo who died last week at
the age of 89, as a symbol of hard
work, commitment and loyalty
to the service of his country and
humanity in general.
The upper legislative chamber,
in a motion by Senator Fatimat
Raji-Rasaki (PDP Ekiti Central),
yesterday said the death of the
elder-statesman was a great loss
to the people of Ekiti, his home
state in particular and Nigeria in
general.
Raji-Rasaki, while leading
debate on the motion titled:
“Demise of General Adeyinka
Adebayo”, described the
former military governor as “a
conscientious officer who was
equipped for his role in the Army
and the larger society”.
She stressed: “In military
parlance, he was a fine officer
and a gentleman. Similarly, he
was a generous and loving family
man. He was also an unrepentant
advocate of social justice, peace
and dialogue. Above everything
else, he was a statesman per
excellence who believed that only
dialogue ends war”.
According to her, “General
Adebayo had a large following
in both the Army and public
sphere and was easily the most
celebrated military officer during
and after the war”.
Senator Raji-Rasaki recalled that
the deceased as a great statesman
and leader during the Biafra war,
advised against the use of force in
resolving the Biafran crisis.
She mentioned one of the
most prescient and articulate
quotations of the war where
General Adebayo declared: “I
need not tell you what horror,
what devastation and what
extreme human suffering will
attend the use of force. When
it is all over and the smoke and
dust have lifted, and the dead
are buried, we shall find, as other
people have found, that it has
all been futile, entirely futile, in
solving the problems we set out
to solvev The lawmaker further
informed that the deceased,
as the governor of the Western
Region, promoted agricultural
extension services in
particular with establishment
of the Institute of Agricultural
Research and Training, Moore
Plantation, Ibadan.
Senator Raji-Rasaki added
that in recognition of the
his leadership abilities, the
deceased was the National
Vice Chairman and cofounder
of the Yoruba Council
of Elders in 2011, a position
he held till his passing onto to
glory.
In her contribution, Senator
Biodun Olujimi (PDP Ekiti
South) said General Adebayo
was a great leader who
contributed immensely
to the education of many
indigenes and non-indigenes
as well during his tenure as
the governor of the Western
Region.
Also speaking, Senator
George Akume (APC Benue
North West) noted that the
deceased was a fine officer
and one of those who instilled
discipline in the military,
and a great statesman who
contributed to the unity and
growth of Nigeria during his
lifetime.
Commenting on the motion,
the deputy senate president,
Senator Ike Ekweremadu
who presided over the day’s
plenary, also described
General Adebayo as a
detribalized Nigerian who
would missed by many due to
his love for the country.


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