ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Brigadier General Olayinka - Provost Marshall of the Nigerian Army who died at the age of 50. 
Born on June 13, 1970, and passed away on May 21, 2021. We will remember him forever.
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
T.J,
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 sky...you 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
Cuz, 

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 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
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Shared by Olakito Olatunde on June 4, 2021

REST IN PEACE MY BROTHER IN WHO I WAS WELL PLEASED

Shared by Abimbola Afolabi on June 1, 2021
An erudite officer, diligent, disciplined, dedicated. Peace loving,unassuming, very caring, cerebral, generous, loyal, thoughtful and I can go on. TJ, I am very proud of you. You did your job and merited everything you ever got. Never lobbied and took everything as a challenge. I knew you from the rank lieutenant and you have always been a good example in the army. Followed all rules and procedures as prescribed in the ordinance of your profession. This is a big loss to Nigeria and Nigerian army. I will miss you beloved brother. Rest on.... United with your maker and may the roads of heaven arise to welcome you. You are sorely missed. Adeiu Tjloco. 
Shared by ABAYOMI AJIBOLA on June 1, 2021
GENERAL,
YOU ARE A BROTHER AND FRIEND I REMEMBER WE FONDLY CALL YOU TJ LINO YOU WERE NICE GENTLE FRIENDLY ACCOMODATING AND CARING. YOU ALWAYS CALL ME YOMI KEKERE. AND SHOWERED GENUINE LOVE . WILL MISS YOU FOREVER. AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN.