A veteran journalist and Eesa of Omu-Aran in Kwara State, Chief Jide Adebayo is dead.
The President of the Omu-Aran Development Association, Major General Olayemi Lasisi Abidoye , announced his demise on Friday .
According to a statement by the Spokesman of the association, Olayinka Owolewa, Abidoye, stated that Chief Adebayo died at a Lagos hospital on Thursday at the age of 66.
Abidoye described him as a fine journalist and a community leader par excellence, who will be greatly missed.
He said: “Chief Eesa was a promoter of peace and unbiased community leader.
“He was an epitome of a good leader, an honest and God-fearing fellow.”
According to the statement, Chief Adebayo was a former Commissioner for Information, Youth, Sports and Culture in Kwara State (1999).
He had his elementary education at the SIM/ECWA Primary School, Agamo, Omu-Aran from 1960 to 1968.
His Secondary Education was at Government Secondary School, Omu-Aran (1969 to 1973).
He had an International Diploma from the International Organisation of Journalism, Julius Fucik School, Prague, Czech Republic (1987) and a Masters degree in International Journalism at the University of Cardiff, the United Kingdom in 2004.
Chief Adebayo was a former Acting Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria and one time Executive Director, Marketing of the agency.
He holds the News Reporting Course certificate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos (1978) and the University of Lagos Diploma in Mass Communication (1979).
Chief Adebayo, began his journalism career at The Herald Newspapers in Ilorin in 1974.
He served the organisation as a Proof Reader, Reporter, Senior Reporter and City Editor in Ilorin, Kaduna and Akure till August 1980, when he joined the News Agency of Nigeria as a Correspondent.
He was a one-time Secretary-General, Nigeria Union of Journalists, Kwara State Council (1981-1983) and Chairman NUJ, Niger State (1985-1987).
Chief Adebayo had received honorary chieftaincy titles of Otun Gbobaniyi of Omu-Aran (2003), Otunba Gbadero of Ollaland (2011) and Maiyegun of Ogidi Ijumu, Kogi State (2014).
He was a two-term President of the Omu-Aran Social Club in the 80s.
Eesa Adebayo had also served as Secretary-General and Director of Socials and Publicity of the Club.
He is survived by his wife, Alice Ifedun (nee Adeleye), children and grandchildren.