The Federal Government has renamed the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, after the late General Adeyinka Adebayo, a former military governor of the old Western State. The institution will henceforth be called Adeyinka Adebayo University, Oye-Ekiti.
This was announced on Saturday by the acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, at the funeral service held for the former military governor at the All Saints Anglican Church, Iyin-Ekiti. Osinbajo said the decision to rename the University after Adebayo was in appreciation of the deceased’s selfless service to the country in his lifetime.
Delivering President Muhammadu Buhari’s oration, Osinbajo described Adebayo as an officer and a gentleman indeed, saying his “his military trajectory was in a way a lesson in Nigeria’s history.”
Osinbajo recalled how Adebayo’s advice to the then military government helped to put federal troops ahead of Biafra rebels during the civil war in 1966. He said were it not for the bravery and exceptional military professionalism exhibited by Adebayo, Nigeria would probably not be a united nation today.
Major General Robert Adeyinka Adebayo who was the defunct governor of the Western Region died on the eighth of March at the age of eighty-nine.