The family of a former governor of the old Western Region, the late Odeleye Fadahunsi, has called on the Federal Government and the Osun State Government to immortalise him for his service to the country.
The late Fadahunsi was appointed governor of the region in 1992 but had his tenure terminated following the military coup of 1966.
He had earlier been elected into the old Western House of Assembly, under the National Council of Nigeria and Cameroons, and served as an opposition leader.
He died on May 12, 1986, at the age of 85 after serving as the chairman of Ilesa Grammar School and Obokun High School.
However, the family of the former governor told Saturday PUNCH that it had watched with dismay the “seeming reluctance” of past governments at the state and federal levels to honour its patriarch for his sacrifice to the nation.
The family decried what it described as the “seeming injustice” done to the deceased elder statesman while his contemporaries were accorded respect in different ways.
One of the children of the deceased, Taiwo, lamented that Nigeria’s political leaders had failed to recognise the some of nation’s past leaders.
He said, “For instance, we are aware that the Federal Government named the Enugu International Airport after the late Akanu Ibiam, who was a close friend and confidant of our patriarch and not as politically active. It is also a common knowledge that all the six Nigerians who were privileged to have served as regional premiers – Obafemi Awolowo, Samuel Akintola, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, Dr. Michael Okpara and Ahmadu Bello – have had some edifices and institutions named after them.
“Awolowo, Bello, Azikiwe and Okpara have had universities named after them by the Federal Government but none so far to the name of our father.”
The family, therefore, urged the two governments to consider naming or renaming an institution after him.
“Our suggestion is the newly established Federal University Oye-Ekiti in Ekiti State. This is desirable because all his contemporaries who served as regional governors enjoyed the same privilege.
“Or in the alternative, the Federal Government could take over and upgrade the Osun State College of Education in Ilesa, Osun State, and rename the institution after him. It would also be well appreciated if the Federal Government upgrades and renames the Ibadan Airport after him since a similar gesture was offered to the late Akanu,” it added.
Taiwo also advised President Muhammadu Buhari to focus more on revamping the economy in order to address the increasing level of insecurity across the country.
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