The death of retired General Adeyinka Adebayo, the successor to Col. Francis Adekunle Fajuyi, the Western Nigeria military governor during the regime of General Aguiyi-Ironsi, is being reported.
Born at Ìyìn-Ekiti, a few miles outside Adó-Èkìtì in present-day Ekiti State, General Adebayo was educated at Christ’s School and Eko Boys’ High School, Lagos before joining the army in 1948.
General Adebayo succeeded the much-loved Col. Fajuyi who died a hero when he reportedly refused to be spared death from coupists who had stormed the Western Nigerian State House at Agodi to take away his superior officer and boss, the visiting Head of State, General Aguiyi-Ironsi.
Both of them were murdered in the second (counter-coup) of 1966.
Adeyinka Adebayo would forge his own path and rule the then Western Nigeria at a particularly-difficult political time. The region he ruled then spread from Lagos,[later] Ògun through Ọ̀yọ́, present-day Ọ̀ṣún, Òndó, Èkitì and Bendel states.
Though he rose to General’s rank, he was a man who reportedly hated war and disharmony, a fact that would be borne out from his speaking out against the Biafran War as well as find ways to make peace with the dreaded Àgbẹ̀kọ́yà, the much-feared farmers’ group that revolted over taxation.
After retirement from the army, General Adebayo was involved in Yoruba socio-political organizations, especially the Yoruba Council of Elders.
General Adeyinka Adebayo is survived by children, including a one-time Ekiti State governor, Niyi Adebayo as well as many others.
May his soul find eternal rest with the Lord.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8, 2017. 3:06 p.m. [GMT]