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FG names varsity after late Adebayo


Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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The Federal University, Oye Ekiti, has been re-named Adeyinka Adebayo University, after the late military governor of the defunct Western Region.

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo made this known on Saturday at the funeral service held for the late elder statesman at All Saints Anglican Church, Iyin-Ekiti.

According to Mr Osinbajo, the resolve to honour the late general was as a result of his exemplary leadership qualities and his astute belief  in the peaceful existence of the country.

Mr Osinbajo recalled how the late Mr Adebayo’s technical advice to the then military government helped to put the federal  troops  ahead of the  rebels  during the civil war in  1966.

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He said were it  not for the bravery and exceptional military professionalism exhibited by Mr Adebayo, Nigeria would probably not be a united nation today.

In his sermon preceding the burial, the Primate of the Anglican Church of Nigeria, Nicholas Okoh, said though the exit of Mr Adebayo at 89 may be sad and unpleasant to many, death was  a necessity that no mortal could  avoid.

Mr Okoh, who was represented by the dean of the Church of  Nigeria and Archbishop of  Ondo Province, George Lasebikan,  said it was saddening that many Nigerians were desperate to acquire wealth at all cost.

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He urged Nigerians to  change their attitude to life and  embrace humility and contentment for the nation to move forward.

Dignitaries at the burial service included  governors of Ekiti, Ayo Fayose; Oyo, Abiola Ajimobi; Ogun, Ibikunle Amosun; Edo, Godwin Obaseki; and Ondo, Rotimi Akeredolu.

Also present were former governor of Ekiti, Kayode Fayemi, as well as his Edo and Ogun counterparts, Adams Oshiomhole and Gbenga Daniel respectively.

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Also in attendance were former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Olu Falae; Alani Akinriade, Azubuike Ihejirika, Bamidele Olumilua, David Jemibewon and Ike Nwachukwu.

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The list also included business mogul, Aliko Dangote, Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige and Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefiele.

Olagunsoye Oyinlola, Lucky Igbinedion, Zamani Lekwot, Theophilus Bamigboye, James Ibori, Reuben Fasoranti and  Ayo Fasanmi were also there.

NAN reports that the remains of Mr Adebayo were committed to  mother earth at his private residence in Iyin Ekiti with full military honours.


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