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The former lawmaker representing Ogun-East Senatorial District and businessman Buruji Kashamu died at First Cardiology Hospital in Ikoyi area of Lagos.
“I have just lost my good friend of forever to #COVID19. Until his death, Sen. Buruji Kashamu and I were inseparable. He died today at First Cardiology Consultants, in Lagos. May his gentle soul rest in peace. I pray his family and loved ones the fortitude to bear this heavy loss,” tweeted Ben Murray-Bruce, a former Nigerian senator and a friend of his who was a member of the same People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
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In a statement mourning him, Obasanjo said “Senator Buruji Kashamu in his lifetime used the maneuver of law and politics to escape from facing justice on alleged criminal offence in Nigeria and outside Nigeria.
“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.”
Well known Nigerian journalist and publisher Bayo Onanuga said Olusegun Obasanjo has set a precedent that “will come to play the day he also returns to his maker.”
“I was never a fan of late Buruji Kashamu, but I found Olusegun Obasanjo’s condolence letter unstatesmanlike, odious and very petty. The man is gone, why vengefully flog him after his death? he old farmer has set a (precedent) that I am sure will come to play the day he also returns to his maker,” Onanuga wrote in a Facebook post on Sunday.
Kashamu is another prominent Nigerian who has died of COVID-19 complications at First Cardiology Hospital in Ikoyi area of Lagos.
Abba Kyari, the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari died from Coronavirus at the same hospital in April. The former governor of Oyo State Abiola Ajimobi and lawmaker representing Lagos East Senatorial district at the National Assembly Adebayo Osinowo both died at the hospital in June.
Buruji Kashamu was wanted in the United States for drug trafficking, and several attempts by the Nigerian National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to extradite him to the United States failed.