Some Nigerians are upset with former President Olusegun Obasanjo over his alleged attack on controversial Ogun State politician and businessman, Senator Buruji Kashamu, who died of complications arising from COVID-19 on Saturday, August 8, 2020.
Obasanjo, in a statement allegedly issued by his spokesperson, Kehinde Akinyemi, had thundered that, “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.“
He went further to say, “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.”
Unhappy with his attack on a dead man, quite a number of Nigerians have been condemning his action. One of them, Bayo Onanuga, who is a top journalist, had this to say: “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?
The old farmer has set a precedence, that I am sure will come to play the day he also returns to his maker.“
One Ekundayo Ayodele Adeniran asked: “Obasanjo. Elder statesman or Elder staleman.”
Another respected journalist and author, Ikem Okuhu summed it up thus: “OBJ extracts vengeance even from the dead!”