Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola Sunday joined other eminent Nigerians to mourn the passage of Civil War hero, Brigadier-General Benjamin Adekunle, describing him as a true patriot who stood up to be counted for the unity of the country.
Brig-Gen. Adekunle, a.k.a. “Black Scorpion”, who played a prominent role in Nigeria’s 30-month Civil War as Commander of the famous Third Marine Commando of the Nigerian Army, died in Lagos on Saturday at the age of 78 years.
In a Press Release signed by his Special Adviser on Media, Mr. Hakeem Bello, Governor Fashola said the late Army General would be remembered in the nation’s history for his commitment to the unity of Nigeria which led to his widely acknowledged exploits and bravery during the unfortunate 30-month Civil War.
“He rose and offered his service to keep Nigeria one when the nation was facing a serious challenge against her unity and stability. The legendary bravery and accomplishments of his Command, the Third Marine Commando, is well documented and will, for a long time, remain a reference point for patriotic service to the nation”, the Governor said.
He recalled the stories he heard as a young person concerning the war saying the name of the late General, popularly known as “Black Scorpion”, became a household name with awesome stories of bravery always associated with it adding that his role certainly brought a significant change in the war.
Expressing regrets that the war hero died at a period when Nigeria is facing other challenges relating to security, Governor Fashola said Nigeria needs men such as the Black Scorpion to rise to the present situation to battle the security challenges facing the country.
The Governor commiserated with the Government and people of Oyo State as well as family of the late civil war hero, especially his wife, Mrs. Folake Adekunle and his children over the passage of the “Black Scorpion”.
He prayed for the peaceful repose of the soul of the deceased and for the Almighty God to grant the family the fortitude to bear the sad loss.