A former military governor of the old Ondo State, Major- General Ekundayo Babakayode Opaleye (rtd), is dead.
Maj.- Gen. Opaleye reportedly died on Saturday in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital of heart attack.
He was military governor from August 1986 to 1987, during the regime of General Ibrahim Babangida.
He took over from late Admiral Mike Akhigbe before handing over to Commodore Bode George.
Opaleye, until his death, was the Balogun of Erunmu, Owu, Abeokuta.
In his reaction, Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State described the death of Opaleye as a great loss to the state and Nigeria.
Abiodun said late Maj. – Gen. Opaleye’s patriotism as a military officer and dedication to duty as an administrator will always be remembered.
The governor said :
“Major-General Opaleye’s contribution to our nation, particularly during his tenure as the military governor, will always be remembered.
“His dedication and service to the people of old Ondo State will forever be cherished.
“His sudden demise is a great loss to the entire country.
“We stand in solidarity with the bereaved family, offering our support and prayers as they navigate through this painful period.
“May they find strength and solace in the memories shared with Major General Opaleye. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.”