- Former president Olusegun Obasanjo has responded to critics over his condolence message on the death of Senator Buruji Kashamu
- The former Nigerian president noted that when he dies, people can mourn him however they like
- Recall that Obasanjo in his condolence message said Kashamu was able to escape justice but not death
Nigeria's former president Olusegun Obasanjo has said that when he dies people can mourn him the way they like.
Obasanjo disclosed this in reaction to the criticisms that trailed his condolence message over the passing of late Senator Buruji Kashamu.
Speaking in an interview with Premium Times on Sunday, August 9, Obasanjo said that whenever he finally departs from this world people should be allowed to say whatever they know about him.
Recall that Obasanjo, in his condolence message, said that the leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun state was able to escape justice but could not evade death.
The former Nigerian leader was attacked by several Nigerians, noting that he was disrespecting the dead.
Obasanjo in his response said it was okay for people to mourn every death but that the living must draw the right lessons from the lives of those who have died.
When asked what he thought about critics saying he might be mourned in the same way as Kashamu, the former president said people are free to say whatever they want.
He went on to state that while he is alive hasn't he been abused, adding that what matters most to him is what his maker thinks.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Kashamu died of Covid-19 on Saturday, August 8. His death was announced by Senator Ben Murray-Bruce.
"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," Senator Murray-Bruce announced on Twitter.
In a related development, former governor of Ekiti, Ayodele Fayose, slammed Obasanjo, over the tone of his condolence message on the death of Senator Kashamu.
Fayose alleged that Obasanjo has no right to bad-mouth the late senator over some of his controversial activities because he was one of his accomplices.
The former Ekiti governor said that it is regrettable that Obasanjo is coming now to speak ill of the deceased lawmaker at a time when he cannot answer any question.
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