Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Late Adebayo was a peacemaker, patriot, says Ladoja

Former Oyo State Governor, Sen. Rashidi Ladoja on Wednesday described the late Maj.- Gen. Adeyinka Adebayo as a dynamic leader and peacemaker. Ladoja made the remark while on a condolence visit to the Lagos home of late Adebayo in Ikeja GRA. “I was privileged to have sat on the chair which General used when he was the Administrator of the whole western region,” Ladoja said. According to him, he still learned from some of Adebayo’s actions, even though he was there decades after the late elder-statesman left. “His activities in the Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE) stand him out as forward looking; not someone who was imprisoned by ideas of the yesteryears. “He hardly forgot things. The late general loved the Yoruba nation. He was always unbiased and was very dynamic. Whenever we quarreled, he was a stabilising force; he was a peace maker,” Ladoja said. The former Oyo governor said that Adebayo was a symbol of unity and patriotism. Ladoja urged present political and religious leaders to pursue peace and patriotism to move the country forward. Notable dignitaries have continued to pay condolence visits to the late Adebayo’s residence to commiserate with his family. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Adebayo, former governor of the defunct Western Region and Western State from 1966 to 1971, died on March 8, the eve of his 89th birthday.

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