The burial of the chieftain of Peoples Democratic Party(PDP),Ogun State Chapter, Buruji Kashamu became herculean task for officials of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), as symphatizers breached coronavirus protocols.
Penpushing reports that, Kashamu who a former federal lawmaker and represented Ogun State at the 8th National Assembly, died of coronavirus on Saturday, and his remains were transported to his hometown, Ijebu-Igbo for burial on Sunday.
The thousands of the symphatizers, majority who were the deceased political associates and supporters ignored use of face masks and social distancing rule advised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to curb the spread of coronavirus
Penpushing further reports that, shortly after news of death the founder of Western Lotto Limited, one of Nigeria’s lottery operators, symphatizers stormed both his Lagos and Ijebu-Igbo Ogun State home to ascertain the authenticity of the sad news
The confirmation of Kashamu’s death, who was senator representing Ogun East in the eighth National Assembly and for years was wanted in the United States for alleged drug offences, attracted sympathy messages from his friends and political associates.
Penpushing also reports that,the former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel said the death of Kashamu was a timeless lesson of how transient life can be.
‘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.
Penpushing reports that, the former chieftain of Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) said he received the death news of Kashamu with shock, and prayed for his repose to find peace with his maker and for his family to find the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.
‘I received with shock the news of the death of Senator Buruji Kasamu, who represented the Ogun East Senatorial District in the Red Chambers between 2015 and 2019.I pray for his repose to find peace with his Maker and for his family to find the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss’.
Penpushing further reports that, former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo said the death of the politician should be seen as lessons for those of all us on this side of the veil, adding that the death was sad, and called on God to forgive his (Kashamu) sin and accept his soul into Aljanah, as well as praying that God grant his family and friends fortitude to bear the irreparable loss. .
The copy of the condolence letter made available to journalists, by his Special Assistant Media, Kehinde Akinyemi, Obasanjo said Kashamu in his lifetime used the maneuver of law and politics from facing justice on alleged criminal offences within and outside Nigeria
“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.
“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”, he wrote
The Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun on his own said, posterity will accord Kashamu his due recognition for his legacies of service and forthrightness describing him as a worthy Ambassador of Ogun State.
The Governor in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin described Kashamu’s passing as one death too many and a devastating blow to the nation’s political family generally.
“I received the sad news of the passing of Senator Buruji Kashamu today, 8 August, 2020, with a deep pain and grief that words cannot capture. On behalf of my family, the Government and good people of Ogun State, I convey our deepest condolences. His demise further diminishes the tribe of my close political associates. He was a large-hearted politician and courageous fighter for whatever cause he believed in’, he said.
“He was not just a loving personality, a generous giver and someone who lived for others, he was to many a beacon of hope of a better tomorrow. This painful exit is much more than the end of an individual’.
“Distinguished Senator Kashamu was a phenomenon, he was faithful to his principles and convictions and even his critics would attest to his tenacity of purpose. Our brother and friend was a consummate politician and patriot who will be sorely missed within and outside Ogun State for his larger than life disposition. Posterity will accord him his due recognition for his legacies of service and forthrightness. He was a worthy Ambassador of Ogun State.”
Penpushing further reports that, Abiodun, however, urged all to find solace in the saying of Prophet Muhammad (SAW): “amazing is the affair of the believer, verily all of his affair is good and this is not for anyone except the believer.
‘If something of good / happiness befalls him he is grateful and that is good for him. If something of harm befalls him, he is patient and that is good for him” (Saheeh Muslim #2999). May Allah forgive and admit him to Aljannah Firdaus and grant the family, friends and associates the patience to bear this painful loss, “he said.
Penpushing reports that in same vein, another former Governor of the State, Ibikunle Amosun who is a serving Senator representing Ogun Central District at the National Assembly, in his remarks expressed sadness over the death of Senator Buruji Kashamu, aged 62.
The former Governor in a condolence message made available by his Media Assistant,Bola Adeyemi, described the deceased as a leading politician, stressing that death has robbed Ogun State and Nigeria of enigmatic politician
“Death, once again, has robbed us of the contribution of an enigmatic politician of the PDP, who represented Ogun East Senatorial District at the 8th Senate, our dear brother Senator Buruji Kashamu’.
‘Although we belonged to different political persuasions, and disagreed on most issues, Senator Kashamu will nonetheless be remembered for his assertive presence in the political arena and uncommon doggedness’.
‘He fought myriad of wars with every breadth in his soul in the defence of whatever he believed in and for his personal freedom. Hate him or love him, he could not be easily ignored”, Amosun stated
The immediate past Governor of Ogun State prayed that the Almighty Allah, will forgive Kashamu’s earthly sins and give him eternal rest, and also expressed condolences to the nuclear and political family members of the late founder and financier of the Omo Ilu Foundation, the Ijebu Igbo Community, and Ogun State as a whole.