This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Brigadier General Olayinka - Provost Marshall of the Nigerian Army. 

Posted by Olawanle Olayinka on July 31, 2021
Lukmon Mobolaji Olatunji Olayinka, my precious son of inestimable value,you left me without saying goodbye.
Whenever you are on any kind of journey, you'll always call before and after the trip but tell,who is going to tell me this now?
When you return or visit me, you'll hug me passionately ,the same passionate hug I'll get from you when you are leaving. Who will hug me the way you do now?

Death is unbearably painful, it has left my heart shattered.
Oh death, where is thy sting, oh grave, where is thy victory?

I miss you Olatunji, my hero, my star, my pride, the apple of my eyes, the joy of my life and my confidant.

My easy going,bridge builder and humble son.

Oko mi, omo ola, omo odiyan, omo ogunniwase....continue to sleep in the bossom of the Lord Jesus Christ. Until we meet to part no more.

Posted by Adegbola Ige on July 20, 2021
! Yéèpà! Erin wó! Àjànàkú sùn bíi òkè! Ẹni ire lọ!
Words fail me, still having difficulty with this we had plans to build a lifetime of friendship with our wives and kids… Wow can’t believe you left sooo soon. My brother, roommate( LASU), loyal and responsible friend. I promise to be there for your Mother, Toyin( Wife) and daughter…. suun re ore mi

-Adegbola Ige
Posted by Abisola Olayinka on July 3, 2021
Lighting a candle for you. Today, and always.
Posted by Olakito Olatunde on June 29, 2021
Hmmm- 40 days of not having you here!

I have learnt in these 40 days to be at peace, to love, to forgive and live my life here for my life there!

We miss miss miss you so so much
Posted by Amona B. S on June 29, 2021
Brother mi, many pleasant and unexpected events, as expected, have occurred since your demise. Not one of them is without a thought of you.
I will continue to remember you as long as I still have breathe.... I won't forget you easily and would immortalize your name in a special way in my household.
I wish I could report someone to you as I usually did just so I can get a wise counsel but now it's all in the wind brother mi.
Alaa nu Omo Olayinka sun re o.
Posted by Olatayo Bakare on June 29, 2021
It’s 40 days today Brother Tunji.
I’ve come back again to check, maybe they will say it’s not true and these past few days that have raced away were just a terrible nightmare.
It feels so weird seeing your name in a tribute…
I was afraid in the thick of Covid in 2020 but it was 21st of May 2021 that I should have feared the most.
We will never forget you.
We miss you.
Rest in peace.

Posted by Olakito Olatunde on June 21, 2021

How do I even start to put pen to paper? My mind is running riot with a barrage of unanswered questions. How can anyone understand that our story can not be contained in ordinary paper, or fully captured in mere words, because it is simply indescribable.

The Almighty God looked down on me from above and blessed my head with a crown - Olatunji. My husband, my lover, my ultimate best friend, my confidant, my gist partner, my everything embodied in an amazing individual. Your impeccable manners and love made Prince Charming a living reality for me. Your fearlessness left me in complete awe of you, and in every way, you were the man I dreamt of all my life. Every year spent with you was filled with unfathomable joy and love. To try to contain you in words is futile, you span the breath of human experience - full of laughter, joy, kindness and sometimes almost childlike in your ability to find something good in almost everyone and every situation. You possessed the gift to analyse a situation with incredible swiftness and accuracy, wearing your army toga with so much pride, your red cap you never took for granted. People keep trying to convince me that your journey/mission/assignment is done, but how can that be when I’m married to a fighter? A great man that will always be with me. I will continue to celebrate every accomplishment, minor or major, that always made you happy. I’m so elated that you knew God and always wanted to do good by HIM. My purpose partner with an excellent spirit that radiated in all you did. Thank you so very much Midor, for the goodness of your heart, thank you for loving me so selflessly, thank you for loving my Mom, my siblings, and the little ones, thank you for all the fond memories (I still have the butterflies in my tummy), thank you for an awesome relationship. The swiftness of your departure remains, not only shocking to me, but also very painful. However, I cannot fight God, HE owns your life and mine. In my eyes, death was no match for you, but who can say ‘no’ to the Almighty God? All we can and should do is to always bow to HIS Sovereignty. My love, I entrust you to God Who created you. May Christ who died for us, admit you into HIS garden of paradise, embrace you as one of HIS flocks, forgive all your sins and set you among HIS chosen. And may you see your Redeemer face to face and enjoy the vision of God, forever. To many, you are Brigadier General Olatunji Olayinka, but to me, you will always be my King, my heart, my soulmate. Forever in your corner my love.
Posted by Olakito Olatunde on June 21, 2021

We, fresh faced young officers from the NDA where our friendship started,
planned on traversing the ranks to Generalship.
We’d pound the streets of Surulere, which was home back then and would return home hungry and Mum would make diced plantain and eggs fried together.
I remember when your car was stolen from front of the house, and we went back upstairs to look for the car. That still gets me.
Reminiscing on our days, the laughs, the joys, the lows and the arguments, it all
just seems like yesterday, memories that will remain indelible through time. 
You remained besides me when my pop passed and sacrificed a lot more than was required of you.
Your friendship was always honest, straight arrowed and selfless.
We trodded many paths together and I always thought we’d be here
together till very late into our lives, forgetting nothing is assured.
Just on the cusps of the summit of your career, He called and you answered. 
Everything happens for a reason they say, even though we may ponder.
But we should never question God, as sometimes it’s not meant for us to understand.
I’ve come to terms that that message will not deliver,
I however take solace that sometime; I’d deliver the message myself.
So sleep on TJ, sleep tight, for now with you the sky is night.
Donec Iterum Conveniant, save a spot for me my brother.

Navy Commodore Oluwole Otitoloju Fadeyi
Posted by Olakito Olatunde on June 21, 2021


As I fondly call him, “Best Man” was a friend, buddy and brother. We reported to the Nigerian Defence Academy as members of 40th Regular Course on 10 September 1988 and have been in the Service as true friends for the last 32 years. We served puttee together and encouraged each other through the thick and thin of training in the Academy. Best Man knew everything about something and something about everything; a reference point for most of us. As an officer cadet, he was young in the Service but blessed with leadership wisdom. A soldier in every facet and an academician par excellence. Tunji’s prowess during the Camps INITIAL and FARUATA remains fresh in my memory. Indeed, Tunji wrote his name in brass right from the start by leaving no one in doubt of his competence. No wonder, he was a Battalion Senior Under Officer in the final year of our training. His drive for brilliance earned him the well-deserved selection to Sandhurst Academy in the United Kingdom to continue with his officer cadet training. 
Tunji, I recall our preparation for Pluming 101 and what followed during the break. No doubt, the stories remain in the minds of our peers, superiors and family members in Surulere, Lagos. Through our collective carriage, which was expected of gentlemen officer cadets, we raised the bar for those ready to sacrifice everything to join the military. I will not forget the usual foot powder gift from my dad, which we shared as brothers to prevent the common foot rot amongst cadets due to excessive wearing of boots. You always looked forward to it while resuming from our breaks. Despite the tough times together in training, the showering of prayers and advice by our mothers made our dreams come true. Clearly, our collective sacrifice, lessons and vision brought us closer than siblings. Tunji’s choice as my best man at my wedding was one of the ways to appreciate our friendship. His thoughts will forever remain fresh in my family‘s heart.
A sociable and professional gentleman officer, TJ’s dedication to Service, loyalty to friends and sacrifice to all was immeasurable. He proved this boundlessly to his superiors, peers and subordinates. Tunji left his mark everywhere he served and saw his time on earth as a call to service. His time in academia and contribution to learning will always be remembered. His sacrifice to put smiles on the faces of his course mates is also worthy of note. Tunji’s intervention through General Achibong to save the career of one of our own attests to his selflessness and love of others. I recollect my 2 day transit visit to the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College, while you served as Directing Staff; The time was short but the discussions and happy moments were just memorable. Wisdom and pleasure at same time as usual. The Chief Watch Dog, your tenure as Provost Marshal (Army) was short but the impact will last for long. The last time we saw was on Wednesday before your death, when we had brunch together and made some future plans. Unknowingly to us, your time was up.
I am convinced you served God, humanity and your country. You loved your family and you were inseparable from your darling wife. Your goodwill and name will always be with me. While we all mourn our loss, I smile in pain and pray you live in the bossom of the Lord. Surely, we will meet again in the house of God.
Posted by Olakito Olatunde on June 21, 2021

Our Brother, Olatunji - Our Perfect Number 7. The number 7 symbolises happiness, peace, and love which you embodied beautifully.
You bid no one a last farewell.

As we still struggle with the reality that you are no longer with us, here are a few words to say how much you mean to us.
You were more than a brother!
You were indeed a blessing in the Olayinka family.
Your 'one of a kind' personality exhibited the fruits of the Spirit:

- Love: You loved every one of us deeply and you loved us so indiscriminately, each of us felt your love personally and on an individual level.
- Joy: You were full of joy and a joy to be around. Never a dull moment with you around as you exuded joy consistently.
- Peace: Our peacemaker and Mr. Unifier. You were one closer than a brother.
- Patient: You were never in a hurry and gave each of us attention, you were a friend, a confidant, and a helper to each of us.
- Kindness: Always willing to lend a hand and always had a smile and a listening ear. Nothing was too small or too big for you to do for us.
- Goodness: You were good bro! Simply the best and we enjoyed listening to the “Olayinka gist and banter”.
- Faithfulness: You were faithful to your belief. Your siblings were the best siblings and you proudly identified with each one of us.
- Gentleness: Our gentle soldier; an officer extraordinaire - Olayinka's very own first officer and gentleman.
- Self-control: Ahh! you knew how to keep it all together and maintain your cool in every circumstance. 

Our brother in a million- TJ, your life was indeed a blessing.

You were full of humor and even when you were dubbed, “rude boy” you would indicate you were the “rudest”.

Loving memories are what we have left to treasure. You are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure. Even though time stood still for us, we know you danced your way into paradise.
You left an indelible mark in all our hearts! Your legacy is for us all to continue to love each other.

Sleep tight, sweetest soul as you Reign In Power.

You will be loved and remembered forever by: Olawunmi, Babatunde, Olanrewaju, Olakulehin, Folasade, Oladunni, Olakito, Olatayo, Olakunle, and Abisola.
Posted by Bolarinwa Amona on June 21, 2021
Its definitely hard forgetting about someone whom you craved so much to be like in every way. At your commemoration service, listening to the numerous accounts of your enviable and truly unassuming character, I realized that I was far from being likened to you.
Brother mi, it is my promise that I shall; reach out to people in need of my help, be more concerned about showing love and care to my entire family, asking after friends and colleagues even as my schedule may proof such to be impossible, be firm and fair in all my dealings and most of all be just and generous with my smiles as you have been.
There can never be another Gen. OL Olayinka but there will always be many of those whom your care and person has inspired. May God Almighty bless your soul Brother mi.

I'll certainly be back!
Posted by Olakito Olatunde on June 13, 2021
Bro Tunji,

Happy 51st birthday today.

We decided to have a commemoration service today for you.
We celebrate you and we thank you for teaching us to love and live in peace with all men

If tears could bring you back, you’d have been back in a flash.
If screams could bring you back, we would have hired a million souls to scream day and night.

We really really love and miss you greatly and we we look forward to seeing you on resurrection morning.
Posted by v Oluwo on June 13, 2021
Thinking of TJ when we were boy soldiers at the Nigerian Military School in Zaria where he exhibited an easy-going personality and was a year my senior (NMS/81/579 Boy Olatunji Olayinka, Echo company), we were then members of the heartbreaker’s (school breakdance club) but I wouldn’t like to say much about it because it eventually got us into trouble. We travelled home together occasionally, and we then met again at Summer school a year later. At this time, even though we had a long way to go we always dreamt of eventually hanging our peeps (becoming officers). Tunji went on to realise that dream to become an officer and indeed a gentleman.
On passing out from NMS in 1987 I recall spending most of his Jackie (Money paid out by the army on passing out of NMS, circa 800 naira at the time) with him, enjoying freedom in Zaria. We travelled back to Lagos together and we then realised he had spent nearly all his money. What will I tell my mum he exclaimed, thankfully we found a way of managing that situation?
I recall us taking lesson classes together in preparation for JAMB at his home behind Latola films, Masha. I also spent some of my time visiting him then. We didn’t really plan on university then our main focus was NDA.
TJ eventually made it onto the Nigerian Defence Academy as a member of the 40th Regular Course and was deployed to Burma battalion. He played football and basketball from NMS all through to NDA. I’ll say no more about the breakdancing which eventually got us into trouble at NMS.

TJ was selected on merit from NDA to attend Royal Academy, Sandhurst in the United Kingdom. I had by this time settled to life in the UK, he linked up with me and we continued our Soiree at weekends in between the rigours of Sandhurst until he went back to Nigeria after his training.
TJ was commissioned as a military police officer, we subsequently lost touch. His name then came up in a conversation I had with another officer. I established contact with him again and we remained in touch till his death. On my trips to Nigeria, I always hooked up with my guy, he always made me comfortable and was an excellent host. When we went out in Abuja, he was a glue for salutations from different angles, admired by people, military personnel and civilians, male and female.
I once referred to him as my Oga (senior) at which time he said OGA or brother. Indeed, he had become a brother to me. When he visited the UK, we went round visiting his relations and he was indeed a unifying force in all domains. TJ loved his wife and had great plans for their future.
One thing you may or may not know is that TJ was a fan of the football club Chelsea to which I told him to find another one as the club had racism all over it but we joked about it. I promised to be on ground when he made General (one star) but life and events meant I waited for pictures. He shared pictures from different tours and courses he attended.

He told me once to live my life on my own terms and that we only lived once. TJ called me on Sunday (few days before his passing), before embarking on a mission to the northeast with the late COAS, I said you have become scarce ooh. He explained the demands of his office and that he left madam alone too for this mission, the conversation cut short because they were about boarding the plane. That was the last time we spoke.
I called several officers I knew in different arms of the Nigerian Military to establish if he indeed was on that flight (a fact that I knew myself). The reality of the accident was then communicated to me at which time I went quiet, my thoughts then went to his Mum, Wife, daughter and his family. To say I am pained by this loss is an understatement.

TJ excelled in all exams he sat and had a parka military record, a truly outstanding officer and a person. We had longed for him making 2 star this year in line with his appointment having risen through the ranks from 2nd Lieutenant to the envious rank of Brigadier-General in the Nigerian Army
but the cold hands of death denied us this privilege.

TJ bro, sun re. Egbon mi Sunre.
Posted by Amona B. S on June 12, 2021
Brother Tunji, tomorrow is suppose to be your birthday, the day I had gazed into 2 days before you died. I had started editing all your pics in my photo gallery so that I could make a wonderful video out of them. I thought I would be spending tomorrow like the years before but it's not and will never be the same again.
You aren't suppose to die now and not even in the next 40 years but God can never be questioned.
Now, I know without a doubt that the love I had for you was much, deserving and flawless as I should a brother and an inspiration to my being, however, missing you is indescribable and beyond worlds of words
I will never forget you and all you stand for because that's the only part of you death didn't take away from me.
Brother mi...... Sun re o!

Your loving cousin
Amona Segun
Posted by Oreka Osigbodi on June 9, 2021
What a perfect gentleman we will miss. May your soul Rest In Peace as your legacy lives with us continually. Adieu
Posted by Ajibola Bakare on June 8, 2021
"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: 

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them..."
Laurence Binyon

The great ones advised us that it's not how long we live, but how well we live...such the case with our dear departed brother, Brigadier General Olatunji Lukman Olayinka, in just slightly over half a century, he attained the very heights of his military career;
Nigerian Defence Academy
Military Academy, Sandhurst, Berkshire, UK
War College Nigeria
Provost Marshal Nigerian Army

Various military courses attended, all passed with flying colours.

Son, husband, father, brother, brother in law.
He was trained for war, but lived for peace, a consummate diplomat, always smiling, warm and friendly.
Shock doesn't adequately describe the emotions being felt right now...but as believers we must accept the Will of God Almighty...

We will miss him terribly.

At ease.

Rest in peace Gallant Officer.
Posted by HEYGATE PRESS on June 6, 2021
Brigadier General Olatunji Olayinka:
An Outstanding Officer & A Gentleman.

Our families can't yet fathom why it was Tunji - as he was so fondly called.

We are still enmeshed in a helpless state of self denial...
It was news we found hard to come to terms with several days after the black Friday.

Presently, it is still a mirage and the grief may take a while to wish away; we'll only struggle to smother it in our subconscious.

This event which happened at the summit of his impeccable career was sudden, painful & devastating to everyone connected to Tunji.

Tunji was an easygoing, diligent, humble and respectful gentleman.
He touched several lives & he always responded to phone calls whenever his assistance was needed.

It is God that can comfort: his mother (our sister & aunt), his wife, daughter, siblings, friends & numerous colleagues.

This was one death too many!

Adieu Tunji; A gentleman and an accomplished officer.

Amona & Adeyinka Families.
Posted by Olakito Olatunde on June 4, 2021
Tunji (Tj~locomotiv', Tj~loco & most definitely, Tj, are some of the other names, I have always called you), my brother and my friend.

Hmmm!!! Friday, the 21st of May, is still a rude shock and even days after, I still have my moments. I/we initially felt grief and sadness. For me, I personally felt you abruptly left us; and kept on asking, Why?However, I have/ we have resolved not to mourn but rather to ingrain you in our minds and in our thoughts. We'd rather we continue to be reminded of all the positiveness you stood for and the goodness you always exuded. We your comrades/ friends & coursemates have resolved to situate you in our hearts and be the best individuals that we can be, because that is what you would want.

Tj~loco, you continue to be my friend cum brother, Tj~Locomotiv' to Yewande; and Uncle Tunji to Jessica and Irene. We find succor and solace, knowing that you are resting with your Creator.

Toyin, Mommy, Tunji's siblings, coursemates, and the rest of us, we should not despair, Tunji is resting well in the bosom of the Lord. Tunji is in Heaven.

*Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.*

~*John 14:27 NKJV*

Tunji, bless you!

Posted by Sarah Badero on June 3, 2021
Tunji I can only ask this question 'isn't death a dreadful thing? But as George McDonald answered in his book, the answer depends on whether we regards it as fate or the will of God.

The obscurity is its dreadful, but as God is full of light, death death itself must be full of splendor, a splendor probably too knee for our own eyes to receive.

My darling Tunji continue to blossom in that light of God.

You were a friend that gave me entertainments without requiring any stipulation on my part. You were such a paradox in nature

We had it on, from Zaria to Kaduna to Apapa with the smiles and loud laughters. Love birds more like brother and sister the world could not fathom the relationship.

We parry and fend the approach of our relationship by complements, gossip, amusement, we covered up our thoughts from the world but God's will prevailed,

Sleep on my darling while I remember your everlasting laughter. God knows sweet Tunji.
Posted by Kamal Balogun on June 3, 2021
You were my best Freind growing up. Memories of growing up as kids in Nigeria over 40 years ago and what I can remember vividly is how close we were and the confidence you gave to go after my dreams. Recently we discussed doing some amazing things in Nigeria. Our plan was to start making a difference moving forward as we discussed months ago but God knows better. Am still in shock Tunji. But I know you are up there with our God pushing everybody down here to continue to be the best they can be. Gone way too soon brother. I know you haven’t left us alone because I know now you are one of Gods angels watching over us. I love you always and thank you for everything and I will continue the journey. God continue to bless your family and keep them safe. Thank you Tunji for every life you touched and affected.  Rest In Peace
Posted by Gbemmy Johnson on June 2, 2021
Losing people I know has to be one of my biggest struggle and I still find it hard to come to terms with your loss
Your humble personality and warm smile will forever be treasured.
Thank you Bro TJ for supporting my business. May God forgive your sins and continue to rest your soul in peace.
Posted by Olatayo Bakare on June 2, 2021
Brother Tunji,

If I write everyday, will you come back ?

Rest in peace. We miss you !
Posted by Adetoro Adebanjo on June 2, 2021
TJ, you were always a humble guy from the formative years back in YMS, James Robertson Rd, S/Lere; simple, unassuming and with that trademark signature smile which you maintained even as a brilliant soldier. You have run your own race, and I pray God will comfort your family (especially your wife) and friends well at this time in Jesus name.
Adieu bruv, one love.
Posted by Bode Ojuri on June 2, 2021
Up YMS..... Up SuruLere ... too soon but only God is knowledgeable in all things.. Brother your smile will linger on in our minds till we meet again. Bode Ojuri
Posted by Olatayo Bakare on June 1, 2021
Brother Tunji, I’m back again . I can’t really stay away .... it seems ...

I wanted to use this opportunity to thank you for the person that you were. Peaceful, loving, unifying, compassionate.

I thank you for the way that you honoured Mummy , in accordance to the word of God . You always said to me , let’s be here for Mummy for as long as she lives . But you’ve left and I’m now confused....

I pray that I/ we are all able to emulate the exemplary attributes that you demonstrated in the time that you were here with us physically .

I choose to trust God despite the circumstances that we find ourselves.

I love you my Apple brother.

Good night.

Posted by Gerald Ezeoke on June 1, 2021
Gone Too Soon
Words cannot describe the loss I feel saying farewell to you, but heaven chose to give you wings.
And now it’s time you flew,
I wish we spent more time together when we saw each other a month ago after 27 years at your place in Abuja.
I wish I had just one chance to see that tender smile,
To laugh with you again my dear friend just for a little while.
I can’t even say more because it’s too hard to believe you’ve gone my friend.
Gone too soon, but not forgotten,
God knows best.
Sleep well in peace ore mi.
Posted by Olatayo Bakare on June 1, 2021
My brother Tunji, Mummy’s Apple, our Apple this is so heavy. I cannot find words to express all the phases we are collectively going through, that we have been going through since the 21st of May 2021 . It still feels so,so surreal .

43 years of knowing you and then you are no more. I keep seeing this vision of all of us at a gathering, deep in discussions and of you being suddenly snatched from our midst without any prior warning. Mummy misses you exceedingly . I miss you too . Everyone misses you .

I can’t believe I am writing this at this time but may you rest in absolute peace. Amen .
Posted by Quincy N on June 1, 2021
I woke up to receive the news, for a min I couldn’t believe it. I was looking forward to seeing you this year. I am here to appreciate all the wonderful times shared, the laughter, you were always willing to listen. As you triumph with your military career so did your friends because we were always happy for you and wish you nothing but the best. You were a great man, always humble. I can go on and on but I pray that the good LORD grant your soul peace. Rest T.J ..You will always be remembered. My Brigadier General friend. Say his name- Brigadier General Olayinka.
Posted by Amona B. S on June 1, 2021
When I was a little boy, I used to gaze at your pics in one of my aunties house and wondered why and how a young boy of your age would be wearing a military attire. That was the point at which you induced in me the interest to join the army. It was joy overflow to later learn that you were a close relative.
Over the years, you inspired me with every bit of your personality and I always just found it favourable and exciting to be anywhere you are.
No one, I mean no one can describe how great and pure my respect and admiration for all you stood for was in my heart and even how sad and devastated I feel since the day your death created an indescribable emptiness in me.
I have since the day of your departure come to realise that good people aren't around for long cos like a comet blazing across the evening departed just too soon without a goodbye.
I remember your calls, advice and aid during the covid lockdown era and also when my father passed away. I also remember the warnings you gave me and how u wanted me to be known and perceived. Your smiles and voice were always reassuring and comfy.
I know without a doubt that the thoughts of your wife, daughter, siblings and your precious mother ran across your mind before the plane crashed.
I also know that your soul is resting and being comforted after a life of selfless service to your country and family.
I and every member of my household will miss you and would never forget you, the general who was a friend to all.
Brother tunji, if God Almighty gives me another son, I'll name him Olatunji Lukmon so that anywhere I am ,so will a person called by your name be beside me.
I love and miss you sir, say me well to my late father, Agboola Francis Amona (the man who told me to mirror you in all I do)

From your cousin who loves you more than a brother should.
Amona Segun
Posted by Akinwale Aboaba on June 1, 2021
It was always pleasant whenever we met and any feedback when I asked of you was always that of a new promotion or a recently passed exam. Thank you for your service to our nation Nigeria. May your death not be in vain but lead to a safer country for us all.

May your memory continually be a blessing.
Posted by Agboola Ogundeyin on June 1, 2021

I never met you, but hear you were an example to us. Kind words have been spoken about your character and who you were. May your memories live beyond this generation, may you be celebrated in the corridors of the noble. Sleep in power.

Agboola Ogundeyin

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Posted by Olawanle Olayinka on July 31, 2021
Lukmon Mobolaji Olatunji Olayinka, my precious son of inestimable value,you left me without saying goodbye.
Whenever you are on any kind of journey, you'll always call before and after the trip but tell,who is going to tell me this now?
When you return or visit me, you'll hug me passionately ,the same passionate hug I'll get from you when you are leaving. Who will hug me the way you do now?

Death is unbearably painful, it has left my heart shattered.
Oh death, where is thy sting, oh grave, where is thy victory?

I miss you Olatunji, my hero, my star, my pride, the apple of my eyes, the joy of my life and my confidant.

My easy going,bridge builder and humble son.

Oko mi, omo ola, omo odiyan, omo ogunniwase....continue to sleep in the bossom of the Lord Jesus Christ. Until we meet to part no more.

Posted by Adegbola Ige on July 20, 2021
! Yéèpà! Erin wó! Àjànàkú sùn bíi òkè! Ẹni ire lọ!
Words fail me, still having difficulty with this we had plans to build a lifetime of friendship with our wives and kids… Wow can’t believe you left sooo soon. My brother, roommate( LASU), loyal and responsible friend. I promise to be there for your Mother, Toyin( Wife) and daughter…. suun re ore mi

-Adegbola Ige
Posted by Abisola Olayinka on July 3, 2021
Lighting a candle for you. Today, and always.
his Life


Omo onikoro mebimare , ikoro mebimare tin’ n wun omo elomi jee.... omo asheun mapekun, omo apekan Mafun obinrin je , omo iku meta ni’ salu , Agemo iku , Iyemoje iku, iketa o se daruko lowo obirin, omo ponle ejiran, omo Aromire  to nf’ogun sho gbagede, omo oro nje , omo oro nso , omo Aja nla to nse’nu gbogan gbogan, omo akenigbo Keru ba ara ona, omo ake lona keru ba ara Igbo, omo af’are fura omo afura faare, omo olowen Ajaiye , omo aba’jaiye ponsa logbogba, omo onile ate jeje , ajoji ate girigiri, omo ita terikodo, m’ase pa’gi loko, omo fa’aa gbohun Olorun , omo ojom’aworo, omo ojomul’ashe, omo aji’bolorun soro, Omo Abere meta ni’salu ikan se, ikan tee , ikan toku ni won fin se omo’raye lore, omo osho ologun abule sari , omo ede lokun, eja lokun gbogbo eee.........Lokun Lokun. Omo akesan ileri omo aketa kin se eru eni, omo papa kuku amu tan ona ijebe, omo kafi opa wa , kafi aje wa , kafi ogede gede owo wa oko dele Isheri mole , omo erin wopa egberun aje, omo babe re mu agbo Dudu won inu oko to di funfun nene, omo oniyan koko ti’megbe ju ako isu lo, omo epo wewewe lojude akesan ko se fi oko ro, ko se fi ada ro , ko se fi airo tibe kuro, omo o se owo opo ba ori owon pade eni aje nwa kiri.
Kabiyesi ooooooooooo omo Onikoro.
Suu re oooooo


Brigadier General Olatunji L. Olayinka was born on Saturday,13th of June 1970 to the family of Late High Chief Lateef Mobolaji Olayinka and Kikelomo Olawanle Olayinka. He was the seventh (7th) child of the Lateef Olayinka family.

TJ, as he was fondly called, had his nursery and primary school education at Yewande Memorial Nursery and Primary School before proceeding to the Nigeria Military School (NMS), Zaria for his secondary education. While in NMS, he was in Echo Company where he rose to become a Boy Sergeant of the School. While awaiting his WAEC results, young Private Olayinka was posted to Jos, Plateau State where he performed several military duties, including being a night guard in the home of some senior officers.

As expected, TJ passed his WAEC in flying colours and prepared to proceed to the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Kaduna after being successful at the Armed Forces Selection Board. However, his Dad vehemently refused, stating that none of his children would join the Nigerian Army. Against this backdrop, TJ reluctantly sat for the JAMB examination and was admitted to the Lagos State University, Ojo. With the desire to join the military still strong, TJ “intentionally” flunked his first-year exams in LASU and was “advised to withdraw” from the Institution. He subsequently took the NDA Entrance Examination “again” and passed. Having been asked to withdraw from LASU, Dad had no choice but to grant his wish and bless his decision and choice to join the military.

TJ joined the Nigerian Defence Academy as a member of the 40th Regular Course to study Economics and was in Burma Battalion. In his final year, he was selected alongside one of his course mates to complete his training at the Prestigious Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, England. However, because of the June 12 saga and the tensions between the United Kingdom and Nigeria, they were withdrawn mid-course and had to return to the NDA to complete their course before being granted a Presidential Commission in the rank of 2nd Lieutenant on 17 September 1994. He was thereafter posted to the Nigerian Army Corps of Military Police (NACMP).

As a fresh Second Lieutenant from the Academy, TJ was posted to the HQ NACMP Apapa and appointed Platoon Commander. He was later drafted to HQ 7 Brigade ECOMOG Liberia as a Platoon Commander. Upon his return, he was appointed Company Second in Command at the HQ NACMP Administrative Company in Arakan Barracks Apapa. As a Captain due to his hard work and diligent nature to duty, he was appointed Aide-De-Camp to the General Officers Commanding 3 Division and 2 Division of the Nigerian Army at different times. Still as a Captain, he was posted to HQ Special Investigations’ Bureau as the Administrative Officer. He equally served as the Officer Commanding Ministry of Defence Provost Group before being appointed General Staff Officer Grade 2 at his Corps HQ. At different times at his HQ, he also held the appointments of Staff Officer 1 Grade 4, Deputy Chief of Staff Grade 3 and Chief of Staff. Once again, he was called to serve on the international scene as a Military Observer to the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire. Upon his return, his instructional ability was required when he was posted to the Nigerian Army School of Military Police (NASMP) Basawa, Zaria as Senior Instructor. He had a spell as the Acting Commander HQ 1 Division Provost Group Kaduna before he continued his instructional tour of duty as a Directing Staff at the prestigious Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji. Again, his service was requested on the international scene this time on instructional appointment as a Directing Staff at the well-known Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College. After a notable career as an astute Instructor, he was appointed Commander Special Investigations’ Bureau and later Commandant of the NASMP before being posted to the National Defence College as a Directing Staff. Indeed, his instructional capacity was unique having bagged a triple dagger. The term dagger symbolises an embodiment of knowledge and the ability to tutor, mentor and impart knowledge at specific operational level and strategic level military institutions. Before his untimely demise, he attained the peak of his military police career when appointed Acting Provost Marshal (A).

During his meritorious career he earned the following honours and medals:

Distinguished Service Star

Meritorious Service Star

Forces Service Star

Golden Jubilee Medal

Silver Jubilee Medal

River Benue Star

Fellow Defence College (Dagger)

Pass Staff Course (Dagger Dagger)

United Nations Operations Medal

Command Medal

Training Support Medal

General Operations Medal

Corps Medal of Honour

TJ was a very brilliant, highly cerebral Gentleman Officer as evidenced by the 3 Master’s Degrees he obtained from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and the University of Ibadan. He was an officer with a great sense of purpose. He exhibited the traits of a professional soldier. Until his demise in the ill-fated plane crash, TJ was pursuing his MPhil/PhD in the Department of Peace, Security and Humanitarian Studies at the University of Ibadan.

The late Brigadier General Olatunji L. Olayinka left behind to mourn him: his wife,daughter, mother, siblings, cousins, course mates, colleagues, friends, and fellow soldiers.

Recent stories


Shared by Olakito Olatunde on June 21, 2021

Can this really be true, that I am writing a eulogy for Tunji ‘TJ’ Olayinka – A Brigadier General in the Nigerian Army, a fellow Lagosian, a true friend and brother, a detribalised Nigerian and one of the most respected gentlemen officers of the 40th Regular Course of the Nigerian Defence Academy.

I met Tunji in 1982 as Boy Soldiers at the Nigerian Military School, Zaria. At that time, he was a year ahead of my set and we didn’t really interact much because we were not in the same Company (House).

Our paths crossed again in 1987 when we met at the Lagos State University after leaving Secondary School and that was when our friendship started until 21 May 2021 when the unthinkable happened.

Our days together in LASU marked the period when as young school leavers, we began to explore life. Tunji and I practiced lyrics on how to toast babes, shared sticks of Rothmans until we reached “claro”, Tunji and I attended most of the raves and parties together in the University, waking up with hangovers and dashing to lectures the following morning. I met my very first girlfriend through Tunji’s girlfriend. The only time Tunji and I were not together was when we were in our separate lecture rooms. Alhaji Masha Street was a second home for me, and I knew everyone in the immediate Olayinka family. I was welcome into the home at any time.

Our lives continued until we both sat for the entrance examination into NDA, attended the interview together and threw one of the wildest parties on campus to celebrate our admission into NDA. We, along with others, trudged on with the grinding and rigorous military training and never missed an opportunity to enjoy ourselves to the fullest when on break. Back in the day, it was either one party or rave and of course Fela’sShrine at Ikeja. At some point in NDA, Tunji had to leave for the UK to continue his military cadet training at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. When he came back, we continued from where we stopped. I recall he came back with so many CDs of hot jams at that time. There was never a dull moment around Tunji.

Our separate military careers naturally kept us away as expected. But that didn’t affect the friendship we shared even though we didn’t meet as frequently owing to exigencies of military service.

At about 1042 am on 21 May 2021, my phone rang, and it was Tunji who called me. We spoke for exactly six minutes, exchanged banters, as we always did, and planned to play golf together the following Saturday. Little did I know that I would be speaking to Tunji for the very last time on that day.

Tunji, you left this mortal world without giving me a hint......

Tunji, you never indicated that I would be speaking to you for the very last time on that morning of 21 May 2021. This wasn’t how we used to do it back in 1987....,

Tunji, you gave your life in service to our nation...,

Tunji, you sure made an impact in so many lives as your footprints would remain indelible forever.......

Tunji, you will forever remain a brother and a true friend........till we meet, again.

Rest on brother and may God bless your soul.

Adieu, Olatunji Lookman Olayinka!

Exemplo Ducemus!!!

- Olusegun Ferreira

Commemoration service 13 June 2021

Shared by Olakito Olatunde on June 21, 2021
Shared by Amona B. S on June 19, 2021
Brother mi, I know the Bible says we shouldn't communicate with the dead but inside of me says you live somewhere in my heart and my subconciousness.
If I knew you'll be leaving this soon, maybe I could have done something to make me see you smile at me for one last time. 
I have cried and cried and don't really know when this would stop. Sometimes I cry as if I had the power to bring u back or at least stopped you from boarding that plane.
Mummy is, with each day, finding it hard to reckon with the fact that she won't see you again. What saddens me the most is that I didn't get to see your remains nor pay my last respect as should before you were buried. Brother mi, it's hard and impossible to find someone of your repute and candor however I believe that I shall see you again in paradise.
I will certainly be back bcos here is where I can be myself and pour out my heart as it concerns your demise.
God bless your soul brother mi... Amen