Irked by former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s comment on the death of ex-Senator Buruji Kashamu, immediate past governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has launched a verbal assault on him for the unsympathetic and derisive remarks.
“I also condemn the statement made by former President Obasanjo on his (Kashamu) death.
“It is regrettable that Obasanjo could say what he said about Buruji Kashamu after his death and when he can no longer question him. Why didn’t he say that when Kashamu was alive? asked Fayose on his twitter handle (@GovAyoFayose) on Sunday.
In 2014, Obasanjo resigned his membership of the PDP in a letter to the erstwhile Chairman of the party, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, threatening that he would cease to be a member of the party unless the party distanced itself from Kashamu.
The late Ogun East (Ijebu/Remo) senator in the 8th National Assembly, contested governorship poll on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party in 2019 March.
Persecondnews had reported that Kashamu died from COVID-19 complications on Saturday in Lagos at the age of 62 and was buried on Sunday at his Ijebu-Igbo country home in accordance with Islamic rites.
He had battled in the last 10 years to fight his extradition to the United States for alleged drug trafficking.
Obasanjo had in a letter of condolence addressed to Ogun Gov. Dapo Abiodun, while condoling with the family and the state, recalled that the deceased PDP senator used the instrumentality of law and politics to escape justice in the drug trial and other crimes in Chicago, U.S.
The letter states: “The life and history of the departed have lessons for those of us on this side of the veil.
“Senator Esho Jinadu (Buruji Kashamu) in his lifetime used the manoeuvre of law and politics to escape from facing justice on alleged criminal offence in Nigeria and outside Nigeria.
“But no legal, political, cultural, social or even medical manoeuver could stop the cold hand of death when the creator of all of us decides that the time is up,” the former military head of state said, while praying that Allah forgive Kashamu’s sins.’’
Fayose wrote: “I commiserate with the family of Senator Buruji Kashamu for this irreparable loss and pray for the repose of his soul. The Almighty God will console those he left behind.
“Can Obasanjo say in good conscience that he did not at some point collaborated with Kashamu and most of the things he (Kashamu) did politically were not with his collaboration?
“Nigerians will watch out for Obasanjo’s own end. He should stop forming saint because he is not. He should also remember that his own end will come too and nobody knows how the end will be.’’