Olusegun Obasanjo has issued a condolence message to the Ogun State Government over the death of Buruji Kashamu, a former senator and leader of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP).
While describing Kashamu’s passing as sad, the former president noted that the former lawmaker’s death should be seen as a lesson for all mortals.
Kashamu, who died in Lagos on Saturday from coronavirus complications, was a controversial politician who for years was wanted by the United States government for alleged drug offences but managed to beat repeated extradition attempts.
Obasanjo prayed to God to forgive Kashamu’s sins and grant his family and friends fortitude to bear the loss.
“Senator Esho Jinadu (Buruji Kashmu) 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 in a letter which was made available to journalists by Mr Obasanjo’s special assistant on media, Kehinde Akinyemi.
He added, “But no legal, political, cultural, social or even medical maneuver could stop the cold hands 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.”
The letter has however left many Nigerians shocked which many criticism been generated on social media. See few reactions below.
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.
I also condemn the statement made by former President Obasanjo on his (Kashamu) death.
— Peter Ayodele Fayose (@GovAyoFayose) August 8, 2020
Another episode of hypocrisy when people die. I don’t know why Obasanjo is getting backlash, esp as he has always been a cold hearted unforgiving blunt man. May Kashamu RIP. But his death doesn’t change that he was a fugitive. Live well so people don’t have to lie when you die. pic.twitter.com/gx5atiHbra
— Ayò Bánkólé (@AyoBankole) August 9, 2020
Even when his foes die, it appears Obasanjo doesn’t forgive.
— Dr. Dípò Awójídé (@OgbeniDipo) August 9, 2020
What Chief Olusegun Obasanjo said about Buruji Kashamu is absolutely the truth and it's same for most corrupt Nigerian politicians.
Many of them used and maneuver of law and politics to escape from facing justice on alleged criminal offences, but they would not escape death.
— Tosin Olugbenga (@TosinOlugbenga) August 9, 2020
President Olusegun Obasanjo. So blunt for his era, age, status & ethnicity. Hate him, love him, he remains Olusegun Obasanjo. He says it as he sees it! He also remains the president that paid off our foreign debt in totality & gave us a new beginning. History will be kind to him.
— Olaudah Equiano® (@RealOlaudah) August 9, 2020
Obasanjo's condolence letter to late Sen Buruji Kashamu family is so real. He didn't hide his feelings and opinion about the deceased. He maintained his position even after the death of the man.
So why the hues about not speaking ill of the dead? pic.twitter.com/ovZPeChaD0
— Martins Alozie (@MartManboy) August 9, 2020
There is a time that one should sheath his/her sword no matter what is the level of animosity. That Obasanjo's condolence letter to the family of @BurujiKashamu is a low even for Obasanjo's low standard.
— Dr. Ben Gbenro (@bengbenro) August 9, 2020
Dragging Obasanjo on Obasanjo Internet.
— Mazi Ibe (@MaziIbe_) August 9, 2020
Nigerian politicians forget that death is inevitable and could visit those you least expect anytime. I like fact that Obasanjo refused to be emotionally blackmailed into feeling pity for the dead. That said, OBJ will die someday too and his own books will be opened.
— Wale Adetona (@iSlimfit) August 9, 2020
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