The leader of the Afenifere group, a Yoruba Socio-Cultural Group, Pa Ayorinde Fasanmi, has been confirmed dead on Wednesday evening at age 94 after a brief illness.
Penpushing reports that, the first son of the deceased, Obafemi Fasanmi confirmed the death of the former Senator in the second republic, who also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the old Western Nigerian Housing Corporation in the old western region.
The Osun State government in a condolence message signed by its commissioner for information, Funke Egbemode, said the late Yoruba leader made remarkable contributions to the development of the Yoruba race
“He made enviable and remarkable contributions to his profession, to the socio-political development of Yorubaland, and to the nation at large.Baba Fasanmi was a leader who demonstrated his love for our great country in many laudable ways’, the statement reads.
‘But more heart-warming was how he showed optimal concern for the welfare of the poor and underprivileged, and how he held leaders accountable on their promises of good governance. We also recognise how much Osogbo, and Osun State as a whole meant to Pa. Fasanmi, who was transferred to Osogbo as a Pharmacist in 1951, and he chose to live here till he took his last breath’.
Penpushing further reports that, the late Fasanmi was National President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria in 1977, elected into the Senate in 1979, and became a member of the House of Representatives in 1983, also also served with the National Constitutional Conference Commission in 1994, as a member.