The first civilian governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Jakande, has described the late Maj.- Gen. Adeyinka Adebayo as a patriotic and dependable elder statesman.
Jakande spoke during a condolence visit to the family of Adebayo at his Ikeja GRA residence in Lagos on Thursday.
The octogenarian-journalist said the Army general would be missed greatly by all Nigerians for his service to the nation.
“He was a great man, very patriotic and trustworthy. He was somebody we can depend upon. We shall miss him,” the former governor said.
The Ekiti-born general, who until his death was the President of Yoruba Council of Elders (Igbimo Egbe Omo Yoruba) with the secretariat in Ibadan, served as the first military governor of the defunct Western states now comprising Oyo, Osun, Ogun, Ekiti, Ondo and some parts of Lagos State between 1966 and 1971.
He is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
His son and first civilian governor of Ekiti, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo, had on Wednesday announced the death of the patriarch and that burial arrangements would be announced later.
TheNewsGuru.com reports that early callers at the residence of the late general on Thursday include Former Head of State, retired Gen. Yakubu Gowon, Former Head of Interim Federal Government, Chief Earnest Shonekan, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Bola Tinubu, former governors Bisi Akande (Osun), Olusegun Osoba (Ogun), and Gbenga Daniel (Ogun).