Two contempotaries of post independence leadership of nigeria are dead.A former military administrator and civilian governor of the old Bendel State, Dr Samuel Ogbemudia, has died at the age of 84.
Dr Ogbemudia had been on admission at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) for some months before he was taken to Lagos.
He suffered a prolonged battle with diabetes before his death
A day earlier,Former Governor of Western Region, General Adeyinka Adebayo, on Tuesday, March 8, 2017, passed on on the eve of his 89th birthday.
Adebayo, who described the death of his father as shocking and unexpected to the family, expressed gratitude to God for a life well spent.
“With gratitude to God, we, the family of Adebayo of Iyin Ekiti, Ekiti State, announce the passing on to glory of our Patriarch, Major General Robert Adeyinka Adebayo (rtd).
“General Adebayo passed on this morning, March 8 on the eve of his 89th birthday.
“He served as the Military Governor of Western Region (comprising of Oyo, Osun, Ogun, Ekiti, Ondo states and part of Lagos State between 1966 and 1971.
“He is survived by his wife, children, grand children and great grand children. His burial arrangement will be announced later,” the former Ekiti governor said.
The first daughter of the deceased, Mrs. Nike Makinde, while speaking to journalists, who gathered at the General Adebayo’s residence in Ikeja GRA, described the late Military governor as a nationalist and statesman who did his best for Nigeria and the Nigerian Army.
She, however, assured that the family would still go ahead with late Adebayo 89th birthday celebrations earlier scheduled for today (Wednesday).
Mrs. Makinde said the decision was arrived at because General Adebayo had impacted positively the lives of his children and the family, contending, that was why the family would continue to celebrate him.
“He was a very kind and generous man. We will still give food to people tomorrow to celebrate him. We will celebrate him everyday of our life because General Adebayo is someone who we are going to celebrate for the rest of our life.
“He did his best for his country and all we can say to him is thank you. His first constituency was Nigeria and the Nigerian Army. He was a true statesman and nationalist. Apart from speaking Yoruba, he also speaks Hausa and Igbo languages fluently,” she said.