Mark expresses condolence over General Olurin’s death

•Says a fine officer and gentleman has departed

Former President of the Senate, Senator David Mark has expressed shock over the death of his colleague and course mate, General Adetunji Idowu Olurin.

The former military governor of Oyo State and former Field Commander, Economic Community of West African Monitoring Group (ECOMOG) died on Saturday at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital.

Senator Mark who incidentally was a coursemate of the late General Olurin at the Nigeria Defence Academy (NDA) between 1967 & 1970 described the late former military governor as a fine officer a gentleman and one of the best and fertile minds produced by the Nigerian Army.

Senator Mark stated that General Olurin was a dependable, reliable and extraordinary officer who distinguished himself meritoriously in the service to man and country.

He said: “In all the commands and formations he served including Field Commander, Economic Community of West African Monitoring Group (ECOMOG) Peace Keeping Force in Liberia between 1992 and 1993 and other foreign services, Olurin left a legacy of excellence.

“He was a patriotic Officer who believed in the sanctity of peace and unity of the country. He craved for an egalitarian society where justice, equity and fairness is the norm.

“I was looking forward to our ( NDA Course 3 Alumni Association) Annual General Meeting (AGM) billed for Ado Ekiti, Ekiti state next month ( September) only to be confronted with the news of his death. His departure at this time is sad and painful.”

Senator Mark prayed that God in His infinite mercies grants him eternal rest and the immediate family the fortitude to bear the loss.

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