Tears, Tributes As Kashamu Bids The World Goodbye - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Sunday, August 9, 2020

Tears, Tributes As Kashamu Bids The World Goodbye

Governor Abiodun, Senator Gbenga Kaka, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, APC, Others Pay Last Honour To Late Politician

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In a blaze of tears and tributes from sympathizers, relatives, supporters and of course, hundreds of others who were lifted from poverty through his style of politics, the strong man of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State, Senator Buruji Kashamu, bids the his Ijebu nation, Ogun State, Nigeria and the world the final good bye on Sunday.

Prince Buruji Kashamu who died on Saturday at the First Cardiologist Hospital, Lagos, following complications arising from the dreadful COVID -19 Pandemic, was lowered to the grave at exactly 12:45pm amid a bright sky above and tearful faces on ground, even as the touching dust - to - dust rite performed for him,  moved many to further sorrowful tears. He was 62.

The Mufti of Ogun State, Sheik Mikail Sile Rufia,  led the janazat  prayer for the forgiveness of his sins by Allah and peaceful repose of his soul in Ajanah.

Grieving sympathisers were seen in tears, with many wailing uncontrollably, as his the remains of the Senator, philantropist and business magnate wrapped  in snow - white fabrics, emerged from his residence shortly before they were laid to rest. 

Security agents and some of the aides of the late politician had  hectic day battling to stem the tide of surging crowd eager to have the last glimpse of a man sympathisers described as "dogged fighter" "authority" and "the people's Senator," before he was finally interred.

The Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun,  was among the sympathisers who paid a condolence visit on the family. 

Abiodun arrived the Kashamu home at about 10.39 in company of some of his cabinet members. 

The Governor described his friend of 25 years as a courageous, passionate and cheerful giver. 

He added that the state political landscape would not be the same without him.

Abiodun said: "Senator Buruji is someone I have known  for the past 25 years. He was very courageous,  passionate and most importantly a cheerful giver especially to the needy. 

"His death is one too many to the people of Ogun  State. The state political landscape will never be the same without him. We offer our deepest condolences on behalf of myself, my family and all the good people of Ogun State. 

"We pray Almighty will accept his soul, forgive his sins and grant him eternal peace."

Dr. Reuben Abati who was Kashamu's running mate during the 2019 gubernatorial election in the state, said the late politician was "grossly misunderstood" in his lifetime.

He also described him as "a very kind and large - hearted man", who invested in the lives of less privileged across the state. 

Abati, however, expressed concern that a number of those who benefitted from him politically failed to show up at the burial.

He said the tumutous crowd comprised of the downtrodden who benefitted from the deceased philanthropy. 

In his tribute, former Senator Adegbenga Kaka, described the death of Kashamu as a loss, saying he lived his life in the way God wanted him to live. 

He prayed that God should forgive his shortcoming and grant him eternal rest. 

Also, the Ogun State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), described him as a courageous man and commiserated with the family and members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the State.

APC also reckoned that Kashamu was a popular politician, business man and former Senator who represented Ogun East Senatorial District in the National Assembly.  

In a  statement issued in Ijebu- Igbo by the Publicity Secretary of the Ogun APC Caretaker Committee, Tunde  Oladunjoye, the Party also described the  late Senator as a “courageous politician, who gave his all to any cause he believed in.”

“Our party is saddened by the death of late Prince Buruji Kashamu, a former Senator of Ogun East Senatorial District (2015-2019), and a former governorship candidate of the PDP in the 2019 governorship elections.

“The late politician was a courageous politician who gave his all on any cause he believed in. He played politics without bitterness.

"Even as a candidate who just lost elections, he was quick to congratulate the winner  and also visited the Iperu country home of Prince Dapo Abiodun to congratulate him a day after the announcement of the 2019 governorship elections results.

"Prince Kashamu’s words during the visit remain memorable: 'Elections are gone, and winners have emerged, those elected as President or Governors become the president or governors for all. It is on this note that I wish to urge everyone to support and join hands with the winners to move our dear state and country forward.' 

“It is our prayers that Almighty God will bless his soul, make him to rest in peace and give his immediate, extended and political families, the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss,”  Ogun APC stated.

Similarly, Senator Solomon Adeola(APC, Lagos West) expressed shock and sadness over the demise of Senator Buruji Kashamu who represented Ogun East Senatorial District in the 8th Senate.

Senator Adeola described late Senator Kashamu as a consummate grassroots politician who touched the lives of many people with his poverty alleviation programmes.

"As my former colleague in the 8th Senate, Senator Kashamu was singularly fixated on what he can do to better the lives of his  people and I am aware of his spending his personal resources in his numerous attempts to touch the lives of many," Adeola stated.

Adeola said the death of Kashamu at the age of 62 was not only a great irreparable loss to his family and close political associates but also a loss to the business community, Ogun State and indeed Nigeria.

The chairman of Senate Committee on Finance who conveyed his condolences in a statement by Chief Kayode Odunaro, his Media Adviser, prayed for Almighty  Allah to grant Kashamu's soul eternal rest in Aljana and the fortitude for the family and asdociates to bear the irreparable loss of the dearly departed.

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