Fayemi Mourns Former IOC Chief Adefope

March 15, 2012

Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has expressed sadness over the death of the former member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Major-General Henry Adefope (rtd).

The Governor who conveyed his condolence in a statement on Thursday described Adefope as a man of many parts whose impact was felt in medicine, military, sports administration, labour relations and international diplomacy.

He noted that Adefope was one of the first medical graduates that joined the Nigerian Army and built the Army Medical Corps to an enviable standard which has military hospitals where soldiers and civilians enjoy quality medical services.

Fayemi also recalled what he called sterling contributions of Adefope to sports development in Nigeria during his tenure as the President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) and later as a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

According to him, Adefope was one of the IOC chieftains whose integrity remained untainted and was not indicted in the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympic bribery scandal that rocked the global sports body.

The Ekiti helmsman noted that the contributions of the late Army general to the nation’s foreign policy as Minister of External Affairs under the Olusegun Obasanjo-led military administration would always be remembered.

He called on the family of the deceased to be consoled by the good life lived by the late octogenarian in which he touched the lives of fellow Nigerians and foreigners alike noting Adefope lived a fulfilled life before dying at the age of 85.


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