In News by stephen abiodun on the 10th, August, 2020

“Individuals Can Mourn Me The Approach They Like After I Die” – Olusegun Obasanjo

Olusegun Obasanjo

Former Nigerian president, Olusegun Obasanjo, has responded to the criticisms which have trailed his controversial condolence message on the passing of Buruji Kashamu, a former senator and chief of the Peoples Democratic Celebration in Ogun State.

Mr Obasanjo, within the condolence message, mentioned late Mr Kashamu, who was wished in the united statesfor alleged drug offences, was capable of escape justice however couldn’t evade demise.

“Senator Esho Jinadu (Buruji Kashmu) in his lifetime used the manoeuvre of legislation and politics to flee from going through justice on alleged legal offence in Nigeria and outdoors Nigeria,” Mr Obasanjo mentioned.

“However no authorized, political, cultural, social and even medical manoeuvre might cease the chilly arms of demise when the Creator of all of us decides that the time is up.

“Could Allah forgive his sin and settle for his soul into Aljanah, and will God grant his household and pals fortitude to bear the irreparable loss,” he added.

A number of Nigerians have attacked Mr Obasanjo for his remarks which they are saying demonstrated disrespect for the useless.

A former governor of Ekiti state, Ayo Fayose mentioned, “He (Obasanjo) also needs to do not forget that his personal finish will come too and no person is aware of how the top will probably be.”

Mr Fayose who took to Twitter to publish his remark mentioned the previous president was not a saint, and will, subsequently, cease behaving like one.

“Can Obasanjo say in good conscience that he didn’t sooner or later collaborate with Kashamu and many of the issues he (Kashamu) did politically weren’t together with his collaboration?” Mr Fayose mentioned.

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“I assumed that our tradition is that each combat ends as soon as one of many events die?” Joe Abah, a coverage analyst, mentioned of Mr Obasanjo’s remark.

Bola Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos state and a nationwide chief of the All Progressives Congress, in his condolence message, mentioned individuals must be form to the useless since everyman would die sometime.

However Mr Obasanjo in his response to the criticism informed PREMIUM TIMES, Sunday, it was okay for individuals to mourn each demise however that the residing, together with himself, should draw the correct classes from the lives of those that have died.

He mentioned it’s only in doing this that societies could make progress.

“After I was rising up, in our group, when anybody identified with unhealthy character died, we normally solely mourn him and bury him. No eulogy. No praise-singing.

“There may be an English saying that urges us by no means to speak sick of the useless. However on this case, we’re not speaking sick of the useless. We’re solely drawing classes from the life and historical past of the useless. I’m not gloating over his demise. It’s unhappy for anybody to die and we should mourn him.

“However we should be taught from such a passage. There will probably be unhealthy classes. There will probably be good classes. However we must always not simply be praise-singing or eulogising the useless, particularly when there isn’t a want to take action.

“We must always not cowl up unhealthy histories and conducts in order that the correct classes may be learnt,” he mentioned.

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Former Senator, Buruji Kashamu. [PHOTO CREDIT: Instagram handle of the senator || senator_kashamu]

PREMIUM TIMES informed Mr Obasanjo that have been already recommendations by his critics that on his passage, he could be mourned within the method he did Mr Kashamu.

The previous president responded, “As you already know, I say my thoughts as honestly as I do know them and consistent with my convictions. Individuals are free to say no matter they need about my remark. I don’t begrudge individuals for holding opinions on no matter I say or do.

“Let individuals say no matter they like after I transit. Now that I’m alive, am I not being abused? Each time I transit, let individuals say no matter they know or take into consideration me. Allow them to say it as it’s. What my maker thinks of me is what issues most,” he mentioned.

Mr Kashamu, a controversial politician who for years was wished by the united statesgovernment for alleged drug offences however managed to beat repeated extradition makes an attempt, died in Lagos Saturday from coronavirus problems.

He was buried on Sunday in his house city, Ijebu-Igbo, Ogun state.

Obasanjo Versus Kashamu

Mr Obasanjo had in a January 7, 2014 letter to the management of the PDP after which President Goodluck Jonathan, introduced he was withdrawing from the then ruling occasion following the elevation of Mr Kashamu, whom he described as “a wished recurring legal” because the South-West chief of the occasion.

In that letter, Mr Obasanjo mentioned he personally discovered the South-West PDP’s celebration of Mr Kashamu, who was a serious financier of the occasion, unsavoury.

“Politics performed by any nationwide political occasion should have morality, decency, self-discipline, ideas and management examples as cardinal practices of the occasion,” he mentioned. “I’ve connected right here latest paperwork that clearly signifies that you simply extolled PDP Zonal chief within the South West of Nigeria and an indigene of Ogun State, who’s, to say the least, not a credit score to the occasion as a member not to mention being a zonal chief.

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“Whereas I consider good and actually nationwide political occasion have to be a microcosm of the nation in its membership, made up of all kinds of characters from near-saints to near-satan, I additionally consider that under no circumstances ought to a identified recurring legal that’s wished overseas to face legal expenses levelled in opposition to him be extolled as a political chief in a decent and healthful nation-building political occasion.”

Mr Kashamu tore again at Mr Obasanjo on the time Whereas arguing that the previous president had no ethical proper to assault anybody, the politician mentioned Mr Obasanjo used him to wrestle energy from former Governor Gbenga Daniel, who was then a thorn in Mr Obasanjo’s political profession.

He mentioned Mr Obasanjo dumped him thereafter after which started plotting his extradition to the US.

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