Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has commiserated with the government and people of Nigeria, as well as the military, friends and associates of the Chief of General Staff, Lt. Gen. Oladipo Diya on the passing away of soldier-statesman.
He would have turned 79 next week (April 3).
Gen. Diya served as Chief of the General Staff (de facto Vice President of Nigeria) under military from 1994 until his arrest for treason in 1997. He previously served as Chief of Defence Staff and was Military Governor Ogun State from January 1984 to August 1985 under the Buhari/Idiagbom military junta.
In a statement by Kunle Somorin, the governor’s spokesman, Prince Abiodun described the departed army General as a seasoned administrator, gentleman and officer whose contributions to the development of the security architecture of Nigeria would remain indelible, adding that others carried on where he left off and Ogun State would not forget Diya’s role in its history.
The governor recalled that the deceased who apart from being a former de facto Number Two Citizen in the country was also a military governor in Ogun State.
“He was couragrous and daring, quick-witted and patriotic. Gen. Diya played frontline roles in the evolution and development of the state and his activities in the military, in part led to the eventual return and enthronement of democracy in the country In 1999.
He called on the family members, friends and associates of the departed leader who hailed from Odogbolu in the Ogun East Senatorial District of the State to take solace in the fact that the late soldier-statesman played the parts assigned to him by providence diligently, conscientiously and patriotically meritoriously.
While praying Almighty God to grant the late Diya’s soul eternal rest, Gov. Abiodun also enjoined Nigerians to emulate the good virtues that he left behind.
Senator-Elect, Ogun East, and the former governor of Ogun state, Gbenga Daniel has also mourned the passage of former Chief of General Staff under the military, Donaldson Oladipo Diya, describing him as an illustrious son of Ogun State who played active roles in the affairs of the nation.
“The demise of General Oladipo (rtd), is a great loss to our country, Nigeria and to Ogun State in particular.
“General Diya, as Chief of General Staff played his part as a Military strategist and his stabilising role during the military era can never be forgotten. As Military Administrator of Ogun State, he was exemplary in the enforcement of the War Against Indiscipline with focus on a cleaner environment.
“He will surely be missed by a lot of people for different reasons and especially for his statesmanship.
“I share in the grief of his family members and by friends and associates. I had close personal experiences and relationships with General Diya in and out of public office.
“I pray for his repose to get eternal rest in the bosom of his Creator as I pray for strength for his family to be able to bear this painful exit.”