Lagos State governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has mourned the passing of former Sole Administrator of Ekiti State, Brigadier-General Adetunji Olurin (rtd), describing the late military administrator as a committed officer and elder statesman who served his country passionately.
Olurin, also a former military governor of Oyo State and Field Commander of ECOMOG Peacekeeping Force in Liberia during the Liberian Civil War, died at a hospital in Lagos on Saturday morning at the age of 76 years.
Sanwo-Olu said this on Saturday in a condolence message signed by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Mr. Gboyega Akosile, even as he also praised Olurin’s contribution to governance in Oyo and Ekiti states during his tenure as military governor and Sole Administrator in the two states respectively.
The governor, in the statement, also commiserated with Ogun State governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, the family of the deceased elder statesman and the entire people of Ogun State, especially the indigenes of Ilaro on the demise of their illustrious son, as well as the friends, associates of the late Brigadier-General Adetunji Olurin (rtd) and the Nigerian Army.
“On behalf of the government and people of Lagos State, I want to express my sincere and heartfelt sympathy to the family, friends and associates of the late Brigadier-General Adetunji Olurin (rtd) as well as the Nigerian Army, Ogun State governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun and the entire people of the state.
“He was a committed military officer. He fought, along with several other patriots tirelessly for a united Nigeria as well as ECOMOG during his days in the Nigerian Army.
“He also made lots of positive impact and contributions to governance during his lifetime, first as a military governor of Oyo State between September 1985 and July 1988 and later as Sole Administrator of Ekiti State between October 19, 2006 and April 27, 2007,” Sanwo-Olu said.
He, therefore, prayed God to grant late Olurin eternal rest and give the immediate family, friends, Nigerian Army and the people of Ilaro and Ogun State the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
“I pray that God will grant Brigadier-General Adetunji Olurin (rtd) eternal rest and give the immediate family, friends, Nigerian Army and the people of Ilaro and Ogun State the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss,” the governor prayed.
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