A former military Governor and one of Nigeria’s oldest retired military officer, General Adeyinka Adebayo has died.
According to family sources who spoke to Sahara Reporters, the Ekiti-born former governor of Nigeria’s defunct Western region died today in his sleep.
The late General Adebayo was aged 89.
Life And Times Of Adebayo
Adeyinka Adebayo was born in 1928, the son of a Public Works employee from Iyin Ekiti, near Ado Ekiti, (present day Ekiti State), Nigeria. He was educated at All Saints School, Iyin-Ekiti, and later attended Eko Boys High School and Christ’s School Ado Ekiti.
As governor of the Western region he promted agricultural extension services in particular the establishment of the Institute of Agricultural Research and Training, Moor Plantation, Ibadan.
In one of the most prescient and articulate quotations, he advised against the use of force in resolving the Biafran crisis.
Major General Adebayo was the governor during the infamous farmers’ “Agbekoya” revolt over taxation which was eventually resolved peacefully.
His eldest son, Otunba Niyi Adebayo was a governor of Ekiti State (1999 to 2003). Another son, Adesola was Commissioner for Works and Transport under Dr Kayode Fayemi.
Another son, Adedayo, played rugby for Bath and for the England National team winning six international caps between 1996 and 1999.