…Nigerians Will Watch Out For Your Own End- Fayose Replies Ex-President
…As Gbenga Daniel, Atiku Mourn Former Ogun Senator
By Augustine Akhilomen
Former President, Chief Olusegun took no prisoners in his condolence message to late former senator, Buruji Kashamu saying that though he escaped justice through several means, he could not escape the cold hands of death.
Kashamu died on Saturday evening from Covid-19 complications at the First Cardiology Consultants In Lagos.
Before his death, Senator Kashamu was engaged in a protracted legal battle against the federal government over extradition to the US to face alleged drug trafficking charges.
In a statement signed by his spokesman Kehinde Akinyemi, Obasanjo said 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 offence in Nigeria and outside Nigeria,” Obasanjo said.
“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.
“May Allah forgive his sin and accept his soul into Aljanah, and may God grant his family and friends fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.”
Former governor of Ekiti state, Chief Ayo Peter Fayose has condemned Obasanjo’s remarks on late Kashamu as contained in the condolence letter he sent to Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun state on Saturday.
Fayose took to twitter to offer his condolences and also hit out at the former president.
‘I commiserate with the family of Senator Buruji Kashamu over this irreparable loss and pray for the repose of his soul. The Almighty God will console those he left behind. 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? 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.”
Meanwhile, former Ogun State Governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate in the 2019 general election, Atiku Abubakar and has expressed sadness over the death of Kashamu
Reacting to his death was Daniel, who stated that he was glad to have forgiven late Buruji Kashamu, before he died.
He said he received with shock, the news of the death of Kashamu.
“I picked a Timeless lesson of how transient life can be from this sad occurrence.
“I am glad despite all our years of political disagreements, conflicts and turbulence, by the hands of Providence my heart found a rare opportunity of forgiving and making up with him before his untimely death,” Daniel said.He prayed God his family the fortitude to bear the loss.”
It will be recalled that Daniel and Kashamu were once at loggerheads with each other over the soul of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State.
In 2011, Kashamu aligned with Former President Olusegun Obasanjo to ‘fight’ Daniel, ensuring that his anointed candidates lost out in the party’s primary elections.
At the time, Obasanjo supported Chief Tunji Olurin, while Daniel, who was the incumbent governor of Ogun then, wanted Prince Gboyega Isiaka to succeed him.
With the PDP tickets eluding them, Isiaka and other candidates loyal to Daniel defected to the Peoples Party of Nigeria (PPN).
However, both the PDP and the PPN lost the 2011 election to Senator Ibikunle Amosun of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN).
In the same vein, former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has reacted to the death of ex-Ogun East Senator, Buruji Kashamu.
Reacting, Atiku on Twitter, prayed that his soul Rest In Peace.
He said, “My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of late Senator Buruji Kashamu.
“May the Almighty Allah accept his soul, forgive his shortcomings and heal the loved ones he left behind.”