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General News of Wednesday, 10 August 2022


FLASHBACK: Obasanjo's letter of 'condemnation' to Sen Kashamu on his demise

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Monday, August 9, 2020 marked the demise of former senator and businessman, Buruji Kashamu.

Kashamu, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) died at the First Cardiology Consultants Hospital in Lagos.

His death was confirmed by a former senator, Ben Murray-Bruce, who was a good friend.

“I have just lost my good friend of forever to #COVID19. Until his death, Sen. Buruji Kashamu and I were inseparable. He died today at First Cardiology Consultants, in Lagos. May his gentle soul rest in peace. I pray his family and loved ones the fortitude to bear this heavy loss,” Mr Murray-Bruce wrote on Twitter.

While the cause of death wasn't immediately known at the time, the former lawmaker had been reported to have fallen ill from COVID-19, the deadly respiratory infection caused by the coronavirus.

As many grieved, a controversial condolence letter from former President Olusegun Obasanjo to the family of the deceased sparked controversy.

The elder statesman said in the letter that while Kashamu’s death was “sad”, his life and history left “lessons for those of all us on this side of the veil.”

“Senator Buruji Kashamu in his lifetime used the maneuver of law and politics to escape from facing justice on alleged criminal offense in Nigeria and outside Nigeria,” Obasanjo said, according to a statement signed by his spokesman Kehinde Akinyemi.

“But no legal, political, cultural, social, or even medical maneuver could stop the cold hand of death when the Creator of all of us decides that the time is up,” he added.

The ever-vocal Nigerians on Twitter had divided opinion about the former president’s comment, some described it as insensitive others said Obasanjo is being blunt and refused to pretend even after death.


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