The Conscience of Yoruba Nation, a forum of Yoruba intelligentsia interested in and concerned about the need to foster a greater nation, today, remembers heroes of Yoruba extraction who have laid down their lives in the service of Nigeria.
Of particular interest to the Forum is today, July 29, 2018, remembered back in history regarding the 1966 coup which claimed the live of Francis Adekunle Fajuyi, a Colonel of the NIgerian Army, who was killed in cold blood when he refused to let go his guest, then Head of State and Supreme Commander, General JTU Aguyi Ironsi.
In a statement to commemorate today the group listed other fallen heroes.
The statement, signed by its convener, Abagun Kole Omololu, reads: Lagos, Nigeria. July 29th, 2018. “The conscience of Yoruba Nation” stops to remember those brave, exceptional and courageous Yoruba military heroes who lost their lives in service to the nation in the era of Military coup and counter coup. Accolades forever flows from our hearts and across social and traditional media. Apart from their great bravery and sacrifices that have bequeathed them both fame and recognition across the globe, they were our sons, fathers, brothers, colleagues, dear friends, husbands and more.
These military heroes were gifts to us and we hold them in a status reserved solely for the elites and extraordinary; a place in our heart and history that can only be occupied by few special people. We remember today as always:
Colonel Francis Adekunle Fajuyi: – who was a Nigerian Soldier and first military governor of the former Western region. Who was assassinated by the revenge seeking counter-coup assailants on July 29th 1966 at Ibadan.
Also, we cannot forget; Colonel Ibrahim Adetunji Taiwo: – who was a military governor of Kwara state from July 1975 to February 1976. He was gruesomely murdered on 13th February, 1976 during a failed coup in which the then head of state General Murtala Muhammed was killed.
We also fondly remember; Lt. Colonel Akintunde Akinsehinwa: – a young military officer who was killed alongside Late General Murtala Mohammed in in a coup on 13th February, 1976 in Lagos.
Not forgetting; Brigadier Samuel Ademolegun: – One of the greatest and bravest Ondo military heroes that ever lived. He was brutally murdered alongside his wife in 1966 when the coup assailants barged into his room and shot him dead on his bed.
Also in our hearts is; Colonel Victor Adebukola Banjo: -Who was lied against and accused of plotting a coup against Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu. He was executed on 22nd September, 1967 in Enugu.
Last but not the least; Colonel Ralph Shodeinde: who was also brutally murdered. Though, the manner of his death is still unclear, but according to his wife, he was shot by several soldiers. Other account claims that a grenade was tossed at him.
When people are taken from our lives particularly before their time, in a manner out of the natural order of events, the impact is devastating. Like Children dying before their parents, parents or partners dying too young, siblings and close friends taken too soon, generations unborn feel its negative ripple effects.
These precious people may not have reached the level of icons or celebrities in the eyes of the world but in our eyes, they have surpassed all of that, they are heroes, our fallen heroes. A hero is somebody who has made a difference in our world and has left us better off.
These remarkable heroes have done just that. We will never forget them, as their names resounds as undying echoes in the ears of our hearts.
Today we “The Conscience of Yoruba Nation” remember them not because they were our siblings or relatives, nor because we seek any economic or political profit or recognition by so doing, but because we recognize and revere them as our unforgettable heroes past. And also because we are Yorubas, a people of great cultural heritage of respect and gratitude, lovers of peace and unity. We stand for tolerance and not for war.
“The Conscience of Yoruba Nation” is an affiliate group of Afenifere, the sociopolitical organization of Obafemi Awolowo.
Still to come; a recognition of Yoruba heroes both civilian and military from pre-colonial days like Alaafin Sango, Kunrunmi and others down to this present day.