Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi has commended the immediate past Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin for his role in the decision of the Military to set up a Nigeria Defence Communication Satellite Centre in Ekiti, and his contribution to the actualisation of the Ekiti Cargo airport, which when completed will host a Tactical Command component of the Nigeria Air Force.
The Governor was speaking in Ado-Ekiti over the weekend at a State Reception held in honour of the former Chief of Defence Staff who hails from Ode- Ekiti in Gboyin Local Government area of the state.
Fayemi, who joined others to extol the virtues of the retired General, described Olonisakin as God-fearing, honourable, and man of integrity who would rather offend man than jeopardize the kind of professionalism expected of him as Chief of Defence Staff of Nigeria.
Responding, General Olonisakin, appreciated God for sparing his life in his 45 years career in the military and returning him home without blemish.
He said his appointment came at the most challenging period of Nigeria history and thanked President Buhari and Governor Fayemi for their support during his serving period as the Chief of Defence Staff.
The colourful reception was attended by, representatives of the Service Chiefs, former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu (rtd); Major General Funso Owonibi, Major General Lasisi Adegboye, General Officer Commanding (GOC) 2nd Division Nigeria Army, Major General Gold Chibuisi, members of the NDA 25th Regular Course and their spouses as well as top government functionaries and royal fathers.
General Olonisakin spent five years and 277 days as Chief of Defence Staff making him the second longest serving Chief of Defence Staff after Lt. General Domkat Bali who spent six years and nine days as CDS between 1984 to 1990.