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Sen Adeola, Others Mourn As Ex - ECOMOG Commander, Olurin, Dies


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By Jane Okafor, Abuja

Senator Solomon Adeola has expressed shock and sadness at the demise of General Adetunji Idowu Olurin(rtd).

Adetunji, 76, was one time Nigerian ECOMOG Commander and former People's Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial candidate in Ogun state in 2011, passed on this Saturday morning at the University of Lagos Teaching Hospital (LUTH).

He hails from Ilaro town,  the Headquarters of Yewa South Local Government Area of Ogun state.

In a condolence message, the Senator describe the passing away of the famous army general as a huge loss not only to his people in Ilaro, Yewaland and Ogun state but indeed a great loss to Nigeria and the international community.

The Senator made this known in a statement by his Media Adviser, Chief Kayode Odunaro.

"General Olurin was a true patriot, a nationalist that sacrificed much not only for the unity of Nigeria but peace and security in the West Africa sub region and Africa continent. His expertise in security and administration will be sorely missed" the senator stated.

The chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, prayed for the peaceful repose of the soul of the retired military general and fortitude for the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss of a dearly beloved.

Similarly, Olurin's running mate in the 2011 governorship race in the State, Tunde Oladunjoye, has mourned the passing of the retired Army General, describing him as a " General that served well."

Oladunjoye in a release made available to our reporter, he expressed sadness over the news of Olurin's death,  saying he knew him to be strict disciplinarian, modest-living, courageous, good listener and a strategist with profound foresight.

"I received this morning, the sad news of the death of the former Military Administrator of Oyo and Ekiti States, former Chancellor of Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED) and  an elder statesman,  Chief Adetunji Idowu Olurin.

"A retired General in the Nigerian  Army, General Olurin gave a very good account of himself in various command posts, including his meritorious service as Commander of the Ecomog Force in Liberia, for which he got decorated severally.

"I was privileged to be his running-mate for the 2011 governorship election in Ogun State on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). As a political leader and mentor, I knew him to be strict disciplinarian, modest-living, courageous, good listener and a strategist with profound foresight.

"While praying to God to grant his soul eternal rest, and his family succor, I commiserate will all his family members, professional and political  associates, especially   our leader and former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo," Oladunjoye stated.

Also, former commissioner in the State and Physician, Kunle Isiaq Salako,  has taken to his social media to mourn Tunji Olurin,  describing him as "arguably the most accomplished public servant of his time in Yewa land"

"Adieu to one of the biggest fish in Ogun West, General Adetunji Idowu Olurin,  arguably the most accomplish public servant of his time in Yewa land: former ECOMOG Commander, Former military Administrator of old Oyo State, former member of AFRC,  former civilian administrator of Ekiti State former PDP gubernatorial candidate in Ogun State, resource person to many military academies across the globe and many more. 

"A renown military strategist, deep intellectual and dutiful administrator.  May Almighty God rest his soul in paradise and console his family," Salako stated. 

The Daily Crucible, learnt that Ogun State Police Command is making arrangements to despatch operatives to Olurin's country home to secure the area in anticipation of the security challenges  that might be engendered with heavy human and vehicular traffic to the place.

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