The Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, has described the late Major General Ekundayo Opaleye (retd.) as a patriot who epitomised courage, integrity, leadership, and commitment to the Nigerian Army and the country.
The former military governor of Ondo State died on November 18 in Abeokuta. He was aged 77.
Opaleye was the governor of old Ondo State from August 1986 to December 1987.
According to a statement on Friday, during the burial of the late revered elder statesman, at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abiodun, who was represented by his deputy, Noimot Salako-Oyedele, noted that Opaleye’s departure would leave a vacuum in the lives of his immediate family and the state.
He said, “The late Maj. Gen. Opaleye played notable roles while in active service of the Nigerian Army, among which were Military Administrator of old Ondo State, Commander, Nigerian Army Corps of Engineers, Commander of the Organisation of African Union’s neutral military observer Corps in Rwanda, as well as his role in the country’s peace agreement.
“At retirement, he continued to live a life of impact by playing a pivotal role in Owu Kingdom, where he was Balogun, alongside serving as a cabinet member of the Olowu in Council, pointing out that since he resumed office as governor, General Opaleye remained supportive of his administration by giving wise counsel where and when necessary.”
In his remarks, the Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Dr Olayide Adelami, said the late military administrator introduced due process which the state still follows.
He also described him as a committed and diligent Christian father, urging his children and family members to emulate him.
Also speaking, the only daughter of the deceased, Navy Cdr. Abiola Oluwole-Smith described her father as a loving, caring, disciplined, passionate, calm man, and the only one who shared her woes and successes.
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