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47 Core Facts You Need To Know About General Adeyinka Adebayo

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47 Core Facts You Need To Know About General Adeyinka Adebayo

     47 Core Facts You Need To Know About General Adeyinka Adebayo

General Robert Adeyinka Adebayo, a war veteran and former governor of the old Western region from 4th August 1966-April 1971 is dead. He was an elder states man, a disciplined soldier who fought for the unity of Nigeria while in active service and until his death.      47 Core Facts You Need To Know About General Adeyinka Adebayo

From all of us in www.dailyfamily.ng we celebrate this great man as he bow down to inevitable death. Below are core facts about his life and times:      47 Core Facts You Need To Know About General Adeyinka Adebayo

  1. He was born on 9th March 1928
  2. His Home Town – Iyin-Ekiti, near Ado-Ekiti
  3. His Full Name – Robert Adeyinka Adebayo
  4. His father was a Public Works employee from Iyin-Ekiti
  5. Primary School Attended-All Saints School, Iyin-Ekiti.      47 Core Facts You Need To Know About General Adeyinka Adebayo
  6. Secondary schools Attended-Eko Boys High School andChrist school, Ado Ekiti
  7. He joined the West African Frontier Force in 1948 as a regiment signaler
  8. He completed the Officer CadetTraining Course in Teshie, Ghana from 1950 to 1952
  9. He passed the War Office Examination for Commonwealth cadets in 1952
  10. He Passed the West African qualifying examination in 1953
  11. General Adebayo was commissioned as an officer in the Royal West African Frontier Force (RWAFF) as the 23rd West African military officer with number WA23 and 7th Nigerian military officer with number N7 after completing theWar OfficeCadet Training in Eaton Hall, England.      47 Core Facts You Need To Know About General Adeyinka Adebayo
  12. He attended theStaff College course in Camberley (Surrey) in 1960
  13. He attended Imperial Defence College, London in late 1965 where he was the only African officer.Adeniyi Adebayo 2
  14. He was the Nigerian Army’s first Chief of Staff
  15. He escaped death on the day of the coup that claimed the life of Aguiyi Ironsi because his cousin – Adeyemi whom he had visited prevailed on him to sleep over in his house that night having just arrived from Imperial College London. That night Theophilus Danjuma’s killer squad had stormed the hotel where he lodged before stepping out to see his friends and relations and his cousin who prevailed on him to spend the night with him.
  16. His Cousin – Adeyemi who saved his life was an Architect with an engineering company at Ikoyi.     47 Core Facts You Need To Know About General Adeyinka Adebayo
  17. Sir Adetokunbo Ademola and Chief S.L Edu persuaded him to take up the position of Governor of Western region
  18. Because Gen. Adebayo wants stability in the West, he persuaded Gowon and Supreme Military Council to free Chief Awolowo from the Prison. He was freed and made him Vice Chairman of the Executive council and Commissioner for finance.
  19. He personally held a meeting with Ojukwu so as to persuade him to stop the idea of the civil war but Ojukwu refused.      47 Core Facts You Need To Know About General Adeyinka Adebayo
  20. He saved the Western region from the Biafra soldiers by engaging the service of Egr. Akande who used explosives to blow all the bridges that linked Southwest with the East.
  21. When he was getting tired at the war front during the civil war, he handed over to Obasanjo shortly before the end of the war.
  22. Adebayo advised against the use of force in resolving the Biafran crisis. In one of the most prescient and articulate quotations of the war, he declared:


‘’I need not tell you what horror, what devastation and what extreme human suffering will attend the use of force. When it is all over and the smoke and dust have lifted, and the dead are buried, we shall find, as other people have found, that it has all been futile, entirely futile, in solving the problems we set out to solve’’

  1. As governor of the Western region he prompted agricultural extension services in particular the establishment of the Institute of Agricultural Research and Training, Moor Plantation, Ibadan
  2. He spoke to Obasanjo not to go for Third term agenda but Obasanjo denied nursing that ambition
  3. After the war, he was appointed by the head of state, General Yakubu Gowon, as the chairman of the committee on the reconciliation and integration of the Ibos (Biafrans) back into the Nigerian fold.
  4. Major General Adebayo was the governor during the infamous farmers’ “Agbekoya” revolt over taxation which was eventually resolved peacefully and harmoniously. Robert Adeyinka Adebayo retired from the Nigeria Army as a major general in 1975.
  5. As of 2011 Adebayo is the chairman of the Yoruba Council of Elders
  6. His Children – His eldest son Otunba Niyi Adebayo was a governor of Ekiti State in Nigeria from 1999 to 2003. Another son, Adesola Adebayo was the Commissioner for Works and Transport, Ekiti State under Dr Kayode Fayemi led Administration from 2010 to 2014. Another son, Adedayo Adebayo, played rugby for Bath and for the England National team winning six international caps between 1996 and 1999. Another of his children, Leke Adebayo is an actor, writer and producer in London and has appeared in and scripted various productions
  7. Some of his students includes Gen Ibrahim Babangida, Gen Mamman Jiya Vatsa, Gen Ike Nwachukwu.
  8. Platoon Commander, 1954–1955
  9. Regimental signal officer, 1955–1957
  10. Between 1957 and 1958, he was an aide-de-campto a British governor-general(the last British governor-general of Nigeria– Sir James Robertson-1957)
  11. Company and Detachment Commander, Ikoyi, 1958 to 1960
  12. First Nigerian general staff officer, Grade 2 (Intelligence) at the United Nations Headquarters in 1961
  13. First national general staff officer, Grade 2 Nigerian Army Headquarters, 1961–1962
  14. First Nigerian to be appointed general staff officer Grade 1, 1962–1963
  15. Commander, Nigerian contingent in the Congo, 1963
  16. He served as staff officer in the United Nations peacekeeping force during the Congo crisis, 1961–1963
  17. Chief of staff, Nigerian Army Headquarters, February 1964 – November 1965 (He was the first indigenous chief of staff of the Nigerian Army)
  18. Chairman, Organinization of African Unity(OAU) Defence Planning Committee, 1963–1965
  19. Head of Nigerian delegation to the OAU Summit in Ethiopia, November 1966
  20. Military governor, Western Nigeria, 1966–1971
  21. Commandant, Nigerian Defence Academy, 1971–1972
  22. Ceremonial military duties, 1972–1975
  23. Retired from the Nigerian Army with the rank of major – general, July 1975
  24. One of the founders of and vice chairman of the National Party of Nigeria(NPN), 1979–1983
  25. His Death- One day prior to his 89th birthday, Adebayo died on 8 March 2017, after a brief illness in his Lagos residence


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