General Obada: Deputy President of the Senate, His Excellency Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, and Honourable Member of the House of Representatives representing Ughelli North, Ughelli South and Udu Federal Constituency, Hon. Rev Francis Ejiroghene Waive arrive Osubi Airport, to attend the funeral of late Major General Obada.
General Obada was ADC to Nigeria’s first President, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe from 1964 to 1966.
He was also Commander, Training Command, Nigerian Air Force, Kaduna, 1971 to 1975; General Officer Commanding, 82 Division, Enugu, known then as 4th Infantry Division, Nigerian Army.
Obada also acted as Chief of Air Staff (COAS) from 1970 to 1971 and was Federal Commissioner for Works and member of the Supreme Military Council.
He was the President of the Special Military Tribunal that tried and condemned Colonel Buka Dimka after the 1976 coup de-tat in which the military Head of State, General Murtala Muhammed, was killed.
Obada retired from the Nigerian Army in 1977 and represented Delta State in the Federal Revenue Mobilisation, Allocations, and Fiscal Commission.
At home, he was 2nd Vice-President of Urhobo Progress Union (UPU), the apex socio-cultural umbrella body of the Urhobo nation, and later Chairman, Board of Trustees of the union.
In a farewell message, president general of UPU worldwide, Olorogun Moses Taiga, described the late Chief of Air Staff (COAS) as a “priceless asset”.
Taiga, who was represented by the first deputy president of UPU, Chief Captain Anthony Onoharigho, recalled Obada’s commitment to the Urhobo building peace bridges across Urhobo nation.
“He was a dedicated, passionate and courageous Urhobo leader and worked tirelessly for the peace, growth, development, unity and welfare of Urhobo nation and the country at large.