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Obasanjo Is Wrong To Attack Buruji Kashamu In His Grave – Femi Falana

Femi Falana

Femi Falana

Human Rights Lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana has come out to say that ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo’s statement on Senator Buruji Kashamu’s death was filled with hypocrisy.

He recently revealed that Obasanjo’s attack on Kashamu should be blasted since it is against the African culture to hail a man while he is alive and then attack him in his grave.

According to him, while it is not wrong to speak ill of the dead in African culture, it is also very right to criticize a bad man while he is alive and after his death.

He added that Africans even ensure the bodies of dead men and women who are found to have wreaked havoc before their death are buried in the bush.

His words, “Some people have said that it is against the African culture to speak ill of the dead. That is far from the truth. In the past, Africans spoke ill of the dead and exposed the dead if they were found to have engaged in abominable activities that brought shame to a community. In fact, the bodies of dead men and women who were found to have brought pestilence to a community were buried in the bush.”

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Buruji Kashamu (19 May 1958 – 8 August 2020) was a Nigerian politician who served as a Senator representing Ogun East in the 8th National Assembly. Ogun East covers eleven local government areas: Ijebu North East, Ijebu North, Ijebu-Ode, Ijebu East, Ikenne, Odogbolu, Remo North, Sagamu, and Ogun Waterside. Senator Kashamu was the Vice-Chairman of the Senate Committee on States and Local Government.

He was a chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP in Ogun State. He was appointed as the chairman, Organization and Mobilization Committee of the PDP in the South West zone of Nigeria. In 2018, he was expelled from the People’s Democratic Party, a decision later voided by an Abuja High Court in October 2018. He was the 2019 Ogun State gubernatorial election candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party. He died of COVID-19 on 8 August 2020.

Kashamu was born in Ogun State, Nigeria on 19 May 1958. Kashamu started his education at Ansarudeen Primary School, Ijebu Igbo and left in 1972 to complete his primary school education at St. John Modern School, Lagos.

He then attended evening classes at Igbobi College while working as a licensing agent. He later went to London where he took courses in Business Management at Pitman College, London. He was awarded an honorary PhD by the unaccredited, diploma-mill Cambridge Graduate University, located in Massachusetts, at a privately organised ceremony in Lagos, Nigeria.


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