THE Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), on Sunday, described the death of two prominent sons: Senator Ayo Fasanmi and Senator Buruji Kashamu, of Yoruba land, in quick successions as a monumental loss to the ethnic nationality.
The president worldwide of the organisation, Prince Osibote, in a tribute to them on their passage, said that the OPC was particularly pained due to the vacuum likely to be created by their sudden exit, “having been stabilisers and bridge-builders in Yoruba land and the country at large.”
Osibote noted the immense contributions of both distinguished sons of the Yoruba to the political, socio-economic growth, development and progress of the country, which have been widely acknowledged far and wide through tributes.
According to the OPC president, while Fasanmi remained the moderator in the political space till the twilight of his sojourn on earth, senator Buruji raised the bar in the service to humanity, committing huge resources in alleviating poverty and empowerment of millions of households.
Osibote remarked that Senator Fasanmi was resolute in his advocacy for workable federation, good governance and better Nigeria, Senator Kashamu was unshaken in his philanthropy and philosophy of empowerment of the critical mass of the Nigerian population.
“Though they had their individual weaknesses like every other human, Senator Fasanmi and Senator Kashamu succeeded in creating a niche for themselves as quintessential leaders and philanthropists.
“Accordingly, we charge other sons and daughters of the race with immense means to emulate those lofty virtues of the duo that brought succour and smiles to the faces of the less privileged in Yoruba land.
“We urge their respective families to rejoice and take solace in the indisputable fact that despite the two departed souls imparted on the lives of the common man through political, economic and financial empowerment.
- “The most useful lessons from their lives for the Yoruba, especially is that we should at all times be concerned and preoccupied with what we can do for the people to improve their condition and welfare, and not amassing wealth to asphyxiate the silent majority of the citizenry.”