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Buhari renames university after Adebayo

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KAMARUDEEN OGUNDELE

The Federal Government has renamed the Federal University, Oye Ekiti, after the late military governor of the old Western Region, General Adeyinka Adebayo (retd.).

President Muhammadu Buhari announced this on Saturday at the funeral service held at All Saints Anglican Church, Iyin Ekiti.

He was represented by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo.

Osinbajo, who delivered the President’s oration at the funeral service, described Adebayo as a gentleman.

He said renaming the university after him was one of the ways of immortalising him and appreciating his contributions to the country’s unity.

The Acting President noted that Adebayo fought for the unity of the country during Nigeria’s civil war, urging the government to opt 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 first 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,” Osinbajo said.

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