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Ooni Says Col. Fajuyi Was a Victim of Absolute Loyalty

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The Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, has described the late Governor of the old Western region, Colonel Adekunle Fajuyi, who was killed along with the first military Head of State in the country, General Aguiyi Ironsi, as a patriotic Nigerian who was a victim of absolute loyalty.

Col. Fajuyi was killed by the military junta mainly of Northern extraction when he refused to give up his host, late General Ironsi, in the counter coup of July 29, 1966 which brought in General Yakubu Gowon as Head of State.

Though he was not part of the leaders of the late Major Kaduna Nzeogwu coup of January 15, 1966, the first military interregnum in Nigerian politics, Ironsi was made the Head of State as the most senior military officer then in the country.

Ooni Ogunwusi described the late Col. Fajuyi as a victim of absolute loyalty and symbol of national unity that should not be forgotten in the history of Nigeria.

The foremost monarch said this on Thursday while playing host to a delegation of Adekunle Fajuyi Education Trust led by its Executive Secretary, Mrs. Desola Olajuyigbe (Nee Fajuyi) in his palace in Ile-Ife. 

The delegation briefed the Arole Oodua on plans to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the demise of the former military governor of the Western Region as well as the activities of the trust.

The spokesman of the trust, Mr.Patrick Doyle, informed Ooni that the theme of the commemorative event slated for the 29th of July in Abuja is “Heroism and The Yoruba Race”.

Doyle observed that there is a false perception of the Yoruba being cowards, “when in reality a majority of Nigerian heroes are actually Yoruba.”

He said the trust intends to correct this false impression during the commemoration.

The Ooni on his part pledged to give his full support to the trust in its noble quest to uphold and promote the Yoruba race. 

He also paid glowing tribute to the memory of the late Colonel Fajuyi even as he accepted to serve as the Grand Patron of the Adekunle Fajuyi Education Trust.

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