Senator Buruji Kashamu on Saturday, August 8, 2020, joined the list of prominent Nigerians who died as a result of Coronavirus, COVID-19.
Kashamu, who served as a Senator representing Ogun East in the 8th National Assembly died at the First Cardiology Consultants, in Lagos at the age of 62.
Following his demise, former President, Olusegun Obasanjo issued a letter of condolence stating that Kashamu during his lifetime used the manoeuvre of law and politics to escape from facing Justice on an alleged criminal offence in and outside the shores of Nigeria.
He, however, noted that no legal, political, cultural or social manoeuvre could stop the cold hand of death from catching up on him.
Meanwhile, the letter generated a whole lot of controversies from Nigerians, particularly on the social media space with many people defending and some kicking against the letter of condolence.
Facts About Buruji Kashamu
- Kashamu, who was born May 19, 1958, represented Ogun East in the 8th National Assembly.
- He 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 and later appointed as the chairman, Organization and Mobilization Committee of the PDP in the South-West.
- He was the 2019 Ogun State gubernatorial election candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
- Kashamu was arrested in the United Kingdom on drug-related charges after trying to enter the country with $230,000 in cash in 1998.
- In 2003, he was acquitted and released but British authorities refused a US extradition request on drugs charges, citing concerns about his identity.
- Kashamu, who started his education at Ansarudeen Primary School, Ijebu Igbo left in 1972 to complete his primary school education at St. John Modern School, Lagos before he later attended evening classes at Igbobi College while working as a licensing agent.
- Also, he went to London where he took courses in Business Management at Pitman College, London.
- Buruji Kashamu was the flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2019 Ogun State gubernatorial elections.
- He died of COVID-19.
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