- Femi Falana, a Nigerian senior lawyer, has supported former president Olusegun Obasanjo
- Falana maintained that the ex-president did not abuse African culture by attacking late Buruji Kashamu
- Obasanjo’s condolence message on the passage of Kashamu has been generating reactions from several people
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Femi Falana, a Lagos-based lawyer, has insisted that Nigeria's former president Olusegun Obasanjo did not abuse African culture by attacking late Buruji Kashamu, a former Ogun state senator in his condolence message.
The human rights activist disclosed this in a statement titled: “Matters Arising from Chief Obasanjo’s Condolence Letter,” on Tuesday, August 11.
He stated this amid the controversy trailing Obasanjo’s condolence message and his response to critics on Kashamu's death.
Falana argued that the belief that it was unAfrican to speak ill of the dead was far from the truth.
Recall that Obasanjo, in his 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 statement went viral with several Nigerians noting that he was disrespecting the dead.
However, Falana noted that it was the hypocrisy of the former president’s message that should be criticized instead. He said this is because African culture is against aiding and abetting a criminal suspect when he is alive only to attack him in his grave.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Obasanjo said that when he dies people can mourn him the way they like. The former president disclosed this in reaction to the criticisms that trailed his condolence message over the passing of late 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.
Obasanjo 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.
In a related development, a former governor of Ekiti, Ayodele Fayose, has unleashed his displeasure over the administration of Obasanjo, an erstwhile Nigerian president.
Fayose on Tuesday, August 11, said that if he becomes president, he will send Obasanjo back to prison for alleged financial corruption that characterised his government for eight years, The Nation reports.
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