Tobi Soniyi in Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari has paid tribute to the pioneer Director-General of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, Maj. Gen. Timothy Babatunde Ogundeko, describing him as a pacesetter in strategic leadership training.
In a statement issued in Abuja by the Special Adviser to the President, Mr Femi Adesina, Buhari said: “As Ogundeko’s remains are laid to rest this weekend, Buhari believes that he will be long remembered for his towering role as an educationist and public administrator, who immensely contributed to the procedure and processes of training potential leaders in the security and socio-political environment of Nigeria.”
The president stated that with his tireless efforts and foresight, Ogundeko transformed the Nigerian Army Education Corps for the benefit of the Service and the nation.
The president said his legendary role in the establishment of Command Secondary Schools was well appreciated.
Buhari said he believed that the vision of the deceased for a united and prosperous Nigeria would be honoured by all who mourned him, particularly at this critical point when the nation was in need of selfless citizens to change Nigeria for the better.
The president extended heartfelt condolences to Ogundeko’s family, as well as the government and people of Ogun State.
He prayed that God would grant the soul of the departed eternal rest and comfort his family, friends and admirers.