BEVERLY HILLS, August 09, (THEWILL) – A former Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose, has described as regrettable comments credited to former president Olusegun Obasanjo on Buruji Kashamu‘s death.
Kashamu, a former senator from Ogun and Peoples Democratic Party chieftain, died Saturday at the First Cardiology Consultants Hospital in Lagos.
He served as the senator representing Ogun East in the eighth National Assembly for four years and was wanted in the United States for alleged drug offenses until his death. He had denied any wrongdoing.
Obasanjo in a controversial letter on Saturday condoled with the Ogun State Government over the demise of the businessman
Obasanjo said while Kashamu’s death was “sad, his life and history left lessons for those of 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 offences in Nigeria and outside Nigeria.”
Reacting to this, Fayose, in his condolence message posted on Twitter, condemned the former president’s comment, saying it is regrettable.
“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?” he said.
He wondered why the former president would choose to mock the dead, adding that Obasanjo cannot “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?”
Obasanjo and Kashamu before the 2015 general elections engaged in acrimonious political battle where the former vowed never to be in the same party with “a man wanted in the United States for drug related offences”, he called on the then ruling party, PDP “to dissociate themselves from Kashamu” or risk having him exit the party.
Obasanjo would dump the party later and publicly destroy his membership card.