Late Kashamu Condolence: Whenever I transit, let people say whatever they like, Obasanjo says

Late Kashamu Condolence: Whenever I transit, let people say whatever they like, Obasanjo says
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo

Former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has stated that anybody can mourn him the way they like after his death.

This is coming against the backdrop of the former president comments on the death of Senator Buruji Kashamu.

Obasanjo had stated in the condolence message that late Kashamu was able to escape justice but could not evade death.

The former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, along with Kashamu’s political ally had criticized the condolence message by the former President.

But, Mr. Obasanjo in his response asked Nigerians criticizing him over his comments on Kashamu to learn from the lives of the deceased and live well.

He said: “When I was growing up, in our community, when anyone known with bad character died, we usually only mourn him and bury him. No eulogy. No praise-singing.

“There is an English saying that urges us never to talk ill of the dead. But in this case, we are not talking ill of the dead.

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“We are only drawing lessons from the life and history of the dead. I am not gloating over his death. It is sad for anyone to die and we must mourn him. But we must learn from such a passage. There will be bad lessons. There will be good lessons.

“But we should not just be praise-singing or eulogising the dead, especially when there is no need to do so. We should not cover up bad histories and conducts so that the right lessons can be learnt.

“As you know, I say my mind as truthfully as I know them and in line with my convictions.

“People are free to say whatever they want about my comment. I don’t begrudge people for holding opinions on whatever I say or do.

“Let people say whatever they like when I transit. Now that I am alive, am I not being abused?

“Whenever I transit, let people say whatever they know or think about me. Let them say it as it is. What my maker thinks of me is what matters most.”


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