Rober Adeyinka Adebayo was born in 1928. He hails from Iyin Ekiti, a town which is some minutes drive from the state capital, Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria.
Robert Adeyinka Adebayo was educated at All Saints School, Iyin-Ekiti, and later attended Eko Boys High School and later Christ’s School Ado Ekiti.
His military career.
Robert Adeyinka Adebayo joined the West African Frontier Force in 1948 as a regiment signaler and later completed the Officer Cadet Training Course in Teshie, Ghana from 1950 to 1952.
After passing the War Office Examination for Commonwealth cadets in 1952 as well as the West African qualifying examination in 1953,Adeyinka Adebayo, who later rose to the rank of Major-General, 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 the War Office Cadet Training in Eaton Hall, England.
He later attended the Staff College course in Camberley (Surrey) in 1960 and the prestigiousImperial Defence College, London in late 1965 where he was the only African officer.
Adeyinka Adebayo as an accomplished military man in the South West and in Nigeria
In 1953 Adeyinka Adebayo became an officer.
He was the Platoon Commander from 1954 to 1955
Regimental signal officer from 1955 to 1957
Between 1957 and 1958, he was an Aide-De-Camp to a the last British Governor-General in Nigeria, Sir James Robertson.
He was the Company and Detachment Commander, Ikoyi, from 1958 to 1960
Late Adeyinka Adebayo was the First Nigerian general staff officer, Grade 2 (Intelligence) at the United Nations Headquarters in 1961.
First national general staff officer, Grade 2 Nigerian Army Headquarters, 1961–1962
First Nigerian to be appointed general staff officer Grade 1, 1962–1963
Commander, Nigerian contingent in the Congo, 1963
He served as staff officer in the United Nations peacekeeping force during the Congo crisis, 1961–1963
In February 1964 to November 1965, Robert Adeyinka Adebayo became the first indigenous chief of staff of the Nigerian Army.
He was the Chairman, Organinization of African Unity (OAU) Defence Planning Committee, 1963–1965
Head of Nigerian delegation to the OAU Summit in Ethiopia, November 1966
Military governor, Western Nigeria, 1966–1971, after the assassination of Lt.Col Fajuyi, another Yoruba man, the present day Ekiti State.
He later became the Commandant of Nigerian Defence Academy (1971–1972) after leaving Ibadan, the seat of power for the Western Region Government.
Ceremonial military duties, 1972–1975
He voluntarily retired from the Nigerian Army with the rank of major-general in July 1975
Robert Adeyinka Adebayo as a politician
When the military government of Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo was warming up to hand over power to democratically elected government, the late Adeyinka Adebayo was one of the founders of and vice chairman of the National Party of Nigeria (NPN), 1979–1983.
As governor of the Western region he promoted agricultural extension services in particular the establishment of the Institute of Agricultural Research and Training, Moor Plantation, Ibadan.
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.”
At the onset of war, Col. Adebayo, then governor of the then Western State ordered the demolition of all bridges into the West, to prevent the Biafran rebels from reaching Lagos.
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 Biafrans back into the Nigerian fold.
Major General Adebayo was the governor during the infamous farmers’ “Agbekoya” revolt over taxation which was eventually resolved peacefully and harmoniously.
Adebayo as a Yoruba leader
As of 2011 Adebayo was the chairman of the Yoruba Council of Elders.
As a fulfilled man
Major-General Robert Adeyinka Adebayo was survived by successful children in their chosen field: politically and professionally.
His eldest son Otunba Niyi Adebayo was the first Executive Governor Ekiti State, South West, Nigeria from 1999 to 2003.
Interestingly, Ekiti State was one of the states that made up the region which the late Major-General rules.
One of his sons, 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.
Again, another of his children, Leke Adebayo is an actor, writer and producer in London and has appeared in and scripted various productions.
Robert Adeyinka Adebayo died on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 after a brief illness in his Lagos residence.
Major-General Adeyinka Adebayo was a fulfilled Nigerian and Yoruba man.
Saturday, September 23 2017, 1:40 pm
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