Prominent personalities in Ogun, especially from Ogun West Senatorial District, on Saturday thronged Ilaro, the home town of the former Military Administrator of Oyo State, late Retired Gen. Adetunji Olurin, to pay him last respect.
A special tributes service, held at the Cathedral Church of Christ, Ilaro in Yewa South Local Government area of the state, was attended by the Olu of Ilaro, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle; Sen. Olamilekan Adeola and Sen. Tolu Odebiyi.
Among others were a former Deputy Governor of Ogun, Salmot Badru; Sen. Iyabo Anisulowo; the Ogun Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Olaolu Olabimtan and his Culture and Tourism counterpart, Toyin Taiwo.
In his tributes, the state Governor, Dapo Abiodun, described the death of Olurin as a great loss to the state.
Abiodun, represented by Olabimtan, said: “Olurin, as a well-decorated officer, had impacted in the development of the country.
“He may not have attained the office as a Civilian Governor, which he contested for, but his dignified conduct, spirit of sportsmanship and passion for service, are worthy of emulations.
“Indeed, a well-decorated General has pulled out of active service. He will be sorely missed.
“Nonetheless, we are consoled that his indelible footprints will continue to serve as a reminder of his love for our nation and humanity,” the governor said.
In his remarks, Oba Olugbenle said he broke protocol to attend the special funeral service in honour of the departed illustrious son of the town.
The paramount ruler said that the tributes service would be the first he attended since he ascended the throne, adding that the respect he has for the late Olurin made him to break the protocol.
The senator said that Olurin, throughout his life time, was a patriotic Nigerian who had sacrificed a lot for the country.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Olurin, who died on Aug. 20 at the age of 78, would be buried on Sept. 24 in Lagos