YORUBA LEADERS

  • MAJOR FRANCIS ADEKUNLE FAJUYI

    DIED JULY 29 1966

    Fajuyi was born in Ado-Ekiti, now capital of Ekiti State. He was raised with twelve other siblings in a working class household, Fajuyi attended St George's Catholic Primary School, Ado Ekiti. Upon completing primary education, he was qualified to be a pupil-teacher, a career supported by his parents but he decided to work as a clerk in the forestry department and developed interest in game hunting. Towards the end of World War II, appeals were made for young men to join the army, Fajuyi decided to try out as a fresh recruit. He joined the army in 1943 in Zaria without telling his parents for fear of objection. As a sergeant in the Nigeria Signal Squadron, Royal West African Frontier Force, he was awarded the British Empire Medal in 1951 for helping to contain a mutiny in his unit over food rations. He was trained at the Eaton Hall Officer Candidate School in the United Kingdom from July 1954 until November 1954, when he was short-service commissioned. While taking the cadet course he was made an under-officer, the first Nigerian recruit and served with the 60 rifles of the British army in Rhine, Germany. In February 1955, he was the Platoon Commander, Third Battalion Nigeria Regiment, in July 1957, he was promoted Captain. In 1961, as the 'C' Company commander with the 4 battalion, Queen's Own Nigeria Regiment under Lt. Col. Price, Major Fajuyi was awarded the Military Cross for actions in North Katanga and extricating his unit from an ambush. On completion of Congo operations, Fajuyi became the first indigenous commander of the 1st battalion in Enugu, a position he held until just before the first coup of January 1966, when he was posted to Abeokuta as garrison commander. When Major General Ironsi emerged as the new C-in-C on 17 January 1966, he appointed Fajuyi the first military governor of the Western Region. He was assassinated by the revenge seeking counter-coupists led by Major T. Y Danjuma on July 29, 1966, at Ibadan, along with General Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi, the Head of State and Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; who had arrived in Ibadan on July 28, 1966 to address a conference of natural rulers of Western Nigeria.

    1. OBAFEMI JEREMIAH AWOLOWO
    2. MACAULAY HERBERT
    3. SAMUEL AJAYI CROWTHER
    4. LADOKE AKINTOLA
    5. FUNMILAYO RANSOME-KUTI
    6. FRANCIS ADEKUNLE FAJUYI

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    HISTORY OF THE YORUBA PEOPLE

    Yoruba history by TYLPI writer

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