The immediate past Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has slammed former President Olusegun Obasanjo over his comment on the death of Senator Buruji Kashamu.
Kashamu, a governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 election in Ogun State, on Saturday died of COVID-19 complications at the age of 62.
Kashamu, who also represented Ogun East Senatorial District between 2015 and 2019 at the National Assembly, will be buried on today, Sunday in accordance with Islamic rites at his Ijebu-Igbo hometown.
The lawmaker had faced extradition to the United States for alleged drug trafficking until his death.
But in a condolence message to Governor Dapo Abiodun, Obasanjo described Kashamu death as a great loss.
The letter said: “I have received the sad news of the death of Senator Esho Jinadu (Buruji Kashamu), a prominent Ogun State resident. I extend my heartfelt condolences to my family and friends.
“Senator Buruji Kashamu in his lifetime used the manoeuvre 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 manoeuvre 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.”
Angered by Obasanjo’s condolence letter, Fayose slammed the former President in a series of post on his Twitter handle.
Fayose wrote: “I commiserate with the family of Senator Buruji Kashamu for this irreparable loss and pray for the repose of his soul. The Almighty God will console those he left behind.
“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?
“Can Obasanjo 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?
“Nigerians will watch out for Obasanjo’s own end. He should stop forming saint because he is not. He should also remember that his own end will come too and nobody knows how the end will be.”