Exhume Adekunle’s body for befitting burial in Ogbomoso, says Alabi-Isama

A Nigerian civil war veteran, Godwin Alabi-Isama, a retired Brigadier General, on Thursday, called for the exhumation of Benjamin Adekunle’s corpse from the Ikoyi cemetery for a befitting hero’s burial in Ogbomoso.

He made the call at a public lecture in honour of the late Mr. Adekunle by Ogbomoso Community Foundation held at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology in Ogbomoso.

The late civil war hero, Mr. Adekunle, popularly known as Black Scorpion died on September 13, 2014 in Lagos at the age of 77.

He was buried at Ikoyi Cemetery in Lagos on October 3.

Mr. Alabi-Isama said that heroes like Mr. Adekunle deserved to be given a heroic burial at a newly created hero’s park.

“I am asking for immediate exhumatin of Adekunle’s corpse from the Ikoyi cemetery back to Ogbomoso, his hometown, for a befitting burial,” he said.

He implored the Yoruba to always endeavour to recognise and honour their own heroes and not wait until others do such for them.

The civil war veteran described the late Adekunle as a renowned patriot who did all within his power to ensure one Nigeria during his military career.

He held that Nigeria never deemed it fit to immortalise or award such a citizen a post-humous national honour.

“General Benjamin Adekunle was a nation builder who deserved to be immortalised and awarded a post-humous national honour, on account of his civil war exploits,” he said. “Adekunle personified honour, integrity, courage, and loyalty. The greatness of Adekunle is inseparable from the 3rd Marine Commando (3MCDO) that he formed, built, trained, and led in battle to defeat Biafra in order to keep Nigeria one.”

Mr. Alabi-Isama urged the Yoruba to recognise their heroes.

“Go and get your son, the hero of our time, Adekunle out of Ikoyi cemetery back to Ogbomoso for a befitting hero’s burial in a newly created Hero’s Park,” he said.

(NAN)


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  • Oweja

    The picture here is that of Lt. Col. Adekunle Fajuyi and not that of General Benjamin Adekunle.

  • Ibraheem Aruna

    Okay you guys, nice effort this is the picture of Adekunle Fajuyi, the first military governor of Western Nigeria when General Aguiyi Ironsi was Head of state. He later died with the same man in a counter coup in July 1966.

  • Garden-City Boy

    Very uncharitable of this Premium Newspaper to pass off a devil incarnate in the image of a saintly Col. Francis Adekunle Fajuyi. A huge colony of hungry maggots is having buffet. I would also be uncharitable of anybody to contemplate the messy xercise of an early termination of crawly feast. Exhuming a butcher’s rotting, carcass is not something anybody would want to do. It is safer with EBOLA than with Benjamin Adekunle’s putrid carcass. Let’s be fair with those maggots who have not had a good meal in a long while.

  • Omo Akin

    Is this not the same Alabi_Isama who described in his book how Benjamin Adekunle set up a plan to kill him and Akinrinade? Of course, the Army High Command had to relieve Adekunle of his command in the war front.
    There was no doubt that Adekunle started well and was a brave commander. I have no problem with him being remembered as a hero. But I am curious about Alabi-Isama, who had in a book documented how Adekunle planned to eliminate him and Akinrinade, also wants the same person to be a hero.