Chris Steven, Abuja
Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen (Dr.) Chris Ngige has described the late Governor of the old Western Region, General Adeyinka Adebayo as a colossus whose non-effervescent position on critical national issues would be deeply missed.
A statement by the Special Assistant, Media to the Minister, Nwachukwu Obidiwe said “ with the death of Gen. Adebayo, the nation has lost a foremost patriot, a soldier’s soldier, one with an unflinching belief and commitment to the peace and unity of Nigeria.”
“General Adebayo became the Governor of the Western Region at the most challenging period in our national history, July 1966 and displayed uncommon maturity in his contributions to the nation in crisis. Even though he was older than the officers that led the coup, he championed peace and relentlessly fought for unity,” the statement said.
“Even in retirement, Gen. Adebayo remained a rallying point for the true essentials of nationhood. He was unambiguous on all-inclusiveness, equity and brotherhood in an unfettered federalism. Nigeria won’t forget him in a hurry.”
“While the South West has lost a true son of Oduduwa; for Nigeria, another Iroko has fallen in her depleting forest of first generation leaders, whose greatness stood the nation firmly rooted. May God grant him eternal rest.”