The passing of Major General Ekundayo Babakayode Opaleye ,rtd, the former Military Governor of Old Ondo State, has been reported.
General Opaleye served as the Governor of Ondo State, Nigeria, from August 1986 to December 1987, during the military regime of General Ibrahim Babangida.
He passed away at his residence in Ibara Government Reservation Area, Abeokuta, on Saturday morning after suffering a heart attack.
General Opaleye, also known as the Balogun Erunmu Owu Kingdom in Abeokuta, had a distinguished career in the military and played a significant role in the administration of Ondo State during his tenure. His death marks the end of an era, and his contributions as a military officer and administrator are remembered with respect.
Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, expressed his condolences and described General Opaleye as a patriotic military officer.
The governor acknowledged the late Opaleye’s dedication to duty and service to the nation, particularly during his tenure as the military governor. Governor Abiodun emphasized the significant loss that General Opaleye’s death represents for the state and the entire country.
As the news of General Opaleye’s demise spreads, tributes pour in for the former military governor, highlighting his commitment to the nation and the impact of his service.
The governor extended his sympathy to the bereaved family, offering support and prayers during this challenging period. The thoughts and prayers of the people are with the family as they navigate through the pain of losing a distinguished leader and public servant.
The legacy of Major General Opaleye will be remembered and cherished.