John Abiodun, Ado Ekiti
The body of former miliitary governor of Old Western State, Major General Robert Adeyinka Adebayo, is to be buried in his home town, Iyin-Ekiti, Ekiti State on May 20, 2017.
General Adebayo died in his sleep in Lagos on March 8, 2017 on the eve of his 89th birthday.
A statement at the weekend by the burial committee and signed by his son and former governor of Ekiti State, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo, said programme of activities for the burial of the elder stateman would begin on Wednesday, May 17, with a service of songs at Haven Event Centre, Archbishop Vining Memorial Cathedral Church, GRA, Ikeja at 5pm.
On Thursday, May 18, the body of the late General will be laid in state at his residence, 48, Oladipo Bateye Road, GRA, Ikeja between 7am and 8.30am. This will be followed by a commendation service at Archbishop Vining Memorial Church, Ikeja between 9am and 11am.
Thereafter the body will depart for Ibadan, Oyo State capital where the body will laid in state at the Old Parliament Building between 2pm and 5pm. The programme will be hosted by the Southwest governors.
On Friday, the body will move to Ekiti State, where it would be laid in state at Oluyemi Kayode Stadium, during which leaders from the state will hold a tribute session for the departed elder statesman.
Later in the evening, a Christian wake keeping will hold at his residence, Adebayo Compound, Iyin-Ekiti.
On Saturday, May 20, the funeral service will take place at All Saints Anglican Church, Iyin-Ekiti at 11am. It will be followed by a private interment. Reception holds immediately at the residence of the deceased.
On Sunday, May21, an outing service will take place at All Saint Anglican Church, Iyin-Ekiti and it will be followed by a reception at Adebayo Family Compound.