Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state has commiserated with the Diya family on the death of the former Chief of General Staff, Lt. Gen. Oladipo Diya (rtd).
Barrister Prince Oyesinmilola Diya, on behalf of the family broke the news of the passing on of their patriarch, saying in a statement Sunday morning:
“On behalf of the entire Diya family home and abroad, we announce the passing on to Glory of our dear husband, father, grandfather, brother, Lt- General Donaldson Oladipo Oyeyinka Diya (Rtd) GCON, LLB, BL, PSC, FSS, mni.
“Our dear Daddy passed onto glory in the early hours of 26th March 2023.
Please keep us in your prayers as we mourn his demise in this period. Further announcements will be made public in due course.”
In a condolence message, Governor Okowa commiserated with the Ogun State Government, Diya family of Odogbolu and people of the state on the passing of Lt.-Gen. Oladipo Diya (rtd).
Diya, who was Chief of General Staff during late Gen. Sani Abacha regime from November, 1993 to December, 1997, reportedly died at a Lagos hospital on Sunday morning after a brief illness, few days to his 79th birth anniversary.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, on Sunday in Asaba, Okowa also condoled with Odogbolu community, and stated that the news of Diya’s death was saddening, especially as the nation was currently in dire need of the wise counseling of well-meaning Nigerians, including the deceased.
He, however, remarked that the memories of the departed general would remain immortal, and urged Nigerians and Yoruba race in particular, to remember him for his illustrious contributions to the unity of Nigeria and sanctity of its sovereignty.
“As Deltans, we are extremely proud of the outstanding contributions of Gen. Diya to the Nigerian Army where he served in different capacities from 1964 to 1997, including as Vice Chairman, Provincial Ruling Council in 1994.
“He was also Military Governor of Ogun State from January, 1984 to August, 1985.
“Gen. Diya had an illustrious military career and served the nation with full dedication and commitment to duty.
“On behalf of my family, the government and people of Delta, I send my deepest condolences to the Diya family, the Yoruba nation and the people of Odogbolu where he hails from,” the governor said.
He prayed to Almighty God to grant the soul of the deceased eternal rest.
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