Fajuyi’s son seeks preservation of father’s, Ironsi’s assassination spot

By Ismaila Akanji, Ibadan

 President of the League of Veteran Journalists, Chief Lekan Alabi and a son of Late Military Governor of the old Western Region, Lt.-Col. Francis Adekunle Fajuyi, Donald have urged relevant authorities to turn the spot where his father was killed alongside the first Military Head of State, Major General Thomas Aguiyi-Ironsi into a monument. Addressing the media as part of activities marking the 50thanniversary of the assassination of the two leaders on the July 29, 1966, in Ibadan, Oyo State, Fajuyi stated that the move if carried out would serve as a gesture to immortalize the two. 

He spoke shortly after paying a visit to the spot where the two military leaders were killed in Lalupon town, Ibadan, Oyo State to commemorate the 8th Adekunle Fajuyi Memorial lecture to be organised by the league of Veteran Journalist on July 29, at NUJ Press Centre, Iyaganku. 

The Chairman Organising Committee of the lecture, Oloye Lekan Alabi said if the spot is turned into a tourism site, it will celebrate the virtues displayed by late Fajuyi, “Keep it alive and emulated by the leadership of this country and the citizenry” 

“What are the virtues Late Fajuyi displayed on that counter coup day, loyalty, bravery and honour. He could have sold out Gen Ironsi, he could have begged that his life be saved and Nigeria would not have been the same again, particularly between the tribes of Igbo and Yoruba,”Alabi said. 

Alabi, who doubles as the Agba-Akin Olubadan of Ibadan said Fajuyi’s assassination spot should be celebrated as it is done in developed countries of the world, adding that it should be kept alive for generation unborn and for historical value. 

Similarly, the lawyer-son of the late Col Fajuyi, Donald appealed to government to honour the memory of his father by turning the spot he was assassinated into a tourism site. 

“I was only 16 when my father was killed during a counter-coup but his memory still lives on after 50 years now. I kept wondering what Nigeria would have become if people like my father were to be alive, because they would be able to impose moral virues on the upcoming Nigerians. The site should be turn to a national monument to show national unity, “he said. 

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