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Oladipo Diya was a seasoned administrator, courageous, quick-witted – Abiodun  

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Ogun state governor Dapo Abiodun

The 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 of the soldier-statesman.

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, 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 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 courageous 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, which 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 to take solace in the fact that the late soldier-statesman played the parts assigned to him by providence diligently, conscientiously and patriotically.

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