The Federal University Oye-Ekiti has been renamed after late military governor of the old Western Region, Major General Adeyinka Adebayo.
Adebayo passed away on the 3rd of March, 2017, and the announcement was made by acting president Yemi Osinbajo at his funeral.
Osinbajo said General Adebayo fought relentlessly for the unity of the country during the civil war that ravaged the country between 1967 and 1970, saying the late general mooted the suggestion that the federal government should opted for dialogue rather than the use of force.
“This is a celebration of life of sacrifice and dedication to one’s community and nation. General Adebayo was a fine gentleman and the 1st indigenous Chief of Army Staff who Mr President had harmonious relationship with.
“To let you know how respectable this man was to President Buhari, the President personally instructed me to be here. General Adebayo had demonstrated that one must learn how to impact on the community where he has the opportunity of serving. As a military officer, he did well and a military governor, he served the people selflessly.
“As a military officer in 1967, he fought hard to prevent the rebel army from making incursion into Lagos, the then Federal Capital Territory. He headed the post war conciliation committee for the integration of the Igbos back to Nigeria. In fact, his military trajectory was a case study in Nigeria.
“General Adebayo did not only serve Nigeria, he served with integrity. In the struggle for democracy in Nigeria, General Adebayo was a member of National Democratic Coalition(NADECO).
“Knowing the value of development on the wellbeing of the generality of the people, General Adebayo since 1999 had been encouraging southwest governors on the need to bring back the old glories, because he didn’t like the way the southwest was falling behind in education and agriculture.
“General Adebayo had left the right inheritance, and this was not money but good character and I want he coming leadership to emulate what his iconic life represented.
“We can never thank the late general enough for his service and sacrifice to the nation. But we must also not take for granted the labour of this redoubtable hero. Indeed, we owe him a duty to continue to pursue the values which his iconic life represented.
“It is for this reason that the Federal Government of Nigeria has decided, in recognition of his service to Nigeria, to rename the federal university in Ekiti the Adeyinka Adebayo Federal University.” he said.