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Mixed reactions at Buruji Kashamu’s burial in Ijebu Igbo. [Photos]


Senator Buruji Kashamu, the lawmaker who represented Ogun East senatorial district in the eighth National Assembly, has been laid to rest.

The remains of the late senator were buried amid tears and wails on Sunday afternoon at his Ishopen residence in Ijebu Igbo, a town in Ogun State.

Scores of sympathisers thronged the burial of Kashamu to join his family and relatives in mourning the former lawmaker who they described as a generous man and philanthropist.

His internment held at about 1pm according to Islamic rites.

Among those who attended the funeral to pay their last respect to Kashamu was the state governor, Mr Dapo Abiodun.


Addressing reporters at the burial, Governor Abiodun described the late senator as a caring community leader whose gestures and benevolent acts would be greatly missed by the people.

He said, “He (Kashamu) was someone that I have known for over 25 years. He was a very courageous man … but more importantly, Senator Buruji was a very cheerful giver, particularly to the needy.

“His death is one too many to the cold hands of COVID-19; it’s come as a complete shock to me and we are all devastated by it.”


“He will be very sadly missed by both his biological family and his political family. The Ogun State political landscape will never be the same without him,” the emotional governor added.

Noble Reporters Media had reported that Kashamu, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), died on Saturday at the age of 62 from complications related to COVID-19.

According to a tweet by his former colleague in the Senate, Senator Ben Murray-Bruce, Kashamu died at a private hospital in Lagos.

Against the backdrop of the coronavirus outbreak in Ogun and Nigeria at large, many sympathisers, however, failed to observe social distancing at Kashamu’s funeral.



Bola Tinubu pays tribute to late Buruji Kashamu.


The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, has mourned Senator Buruji Kashamu.

He paid tribute to the former lawmaker in a statement personally signed by him on Sunday, a day after the news of Kashamu’s death broke.

“I’m deeply shocked and saddened by the news of the passing of Senator Buruji Kashamu. He was a notable leader in the country and a true grassroots politician.

“He fought for his convictions, for the people of Ogun State and for his country. Senator Kashamu was also a good party man,” said Tinubu who was a two-term governor of Lagos State.


On Saturday, Channels Television reported that Kashamu, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), died of complications related to COVID-19 at the age of 62.

According to a tweet by his former colleague in the Senate, Senator Ben Murray-Bruce, Kashamu died at the First Cardiology Consultants in Lagos.

‘Be Kind To The Dead’
While paying tribute to him, Tinubu said Kashamu was unwavering in his support for his party, PDP, through all the twists and turns of his political life.

He lamented that his death was a big loss to the larger political family in the country, stressing that Kashamu worked assiduously to advance the political and economic fortunes of his state – Ogun.


The APC leader believes Kashamu represented, with merit, the Ogun East senatorial district in the 8th National Assembly and worked well for his constituents

He described the late senator as a kind and generous man, as well as a philanthropist in his own right and an astute businessman.

“I admire his political doggedness and sagacity, and his steadfastness in pursuing whatever he believes in, though we were never in the same political party.

“His passing has lengthened the grotesque list of important personalities that have been lost to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is also a sad reminder that the deadly virus remains very much with us,” the former governor said.


He added, “We must all continue to embrace all the protective protocols recommended by the government and health authorities, even as we gradually begin the reopening of our economy and return to a new normal in our lifestyles.

“Again, Kashamu’s sudden death has demonstrated the transience of human life and rekindles the fact that death is inevitable for every mortal. As such, it behooves on us to be kind to the dead.”

Tinubu, therefore, condoled with Kashamu’s family, particularly his wives, children and grandchildren, and prayed that Allah would lay his hands of protection on them.

He also sympathised with the late senator’s friends and associates across the country, as well as Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun and the people of the state over the loss.


Orji kalu mourn late Buruji Kashamu


The Chief Whip of the Senate, Orji Kalu, has condoled with the government and people of Ogun over the death of Sen. Buruji Kashamu.

In a statement from his office, on Sunday, Kalu conveyed his heartfelt condolences to the Kashamu family.

While acknowledging the philanthropic gestures of the late senator, the chief whip expressed sadness over the loss and prayed to God to repose the soul of the deceased.

“I received with pain, the news of the demise of Sen. Buruji Kashamu.


“The late Sen. Kashamu was a philanthropist and consummate politician, who was passionate about the welfare of his people.

“The deceased was a notable figure in the political space, having served as a senator representing Ogun East Senatorial District in the 8th National Assembly.

“He was a detribalised Nigerian,’’ Kalu said.

The former governor of Abia prayed to God to comfort the family members, friends, and associates of the deceased.


Storyline: Ogun governor, Abiodun weeps over Kashamu’s death


Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, on Saturday expressed “deep pain and grief” over the passing of Senator Buruji Kashamu.

Kashamu’s death was announced on Saturday after he succumbed to COVID-19 complications, according to former colleague Senator Ben Murray-Bruce said.

In a statement released by his spokesman, Kunle Somorin, Abiodun described Kashamu’s demise as one death too many and a devastating blow to the nation’s political family.

“I received the sad news of the passing of Senator Buruji Kashamu today, 8 August, 2020, with a deep pain and grief that words cannot capture. On behalf of my family, the Government and good people of Ogun State, I convey our deepest condolences. he said

File photo of Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun. (Noble Reporters Media / Moyosoluwa)

“His demise further diminishes the tribe of my close political associates. He was a large-hearted politician and courageous fighter for whatever cause he believed in.

“He was not just a loving personality, a generous giver, and someone who lived for others, he was to many a beacon of hope of a better tomorrow. This painful exit is much more than the end of an individual.”


The governor described the late senator as a phenomenon who was faithful to his principles and convictions and even his critics would attest to his tenacity of purpose

“Our brother and friend was a consummate politician and patriot who will be sorely missed within and outside Ogun State for his larger than life disposition,” he said.

“Posterity will accord him his due recognition for his legacies of service and forthrightness. He was a worthy Ambassador of Ogun State.

“May Allah forgive and admit him to Aljannah Firdaus and grant the family, friends, and associates the patience to bear this painful loss.”


Update: Obasanjo condoles Ogun governor, Abiodun over Kashamu’s demise


Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Saturday condoled with Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, over the demise of Senator Buruji Kashamu.

Kashamu’s death was announced on Saturday after he succumbed to COVID-19 complications, according to former colleague Senator Ben Murray-Bruce.

In a statement signed by his spokesman Kehinde Akinyemi, Obasanjo said while Kashamu’s death was “sad”, his life and history left “lessons for those of all us on this side of the veil.”


“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,” Obasanjo said.

File photo of former president of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo. (Noble Reporters Media / Adigun Michael Olamide)

“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.”

Before his death, Senator Kashamu was engaged in a long, legal battle against the federal government over extradition to the US to face alleged drug trafficking charges.


COVID-19: Ex-senator Buruji Kashamu dies at 62


Former Senator Buruji Kashamu was reported dead on Saturday.

He died due to complications of COVID-19, his former colleague, Senator Ben Murray-Bruce said in a tweet.

“I have just lost my good friend of forever to #COVID19,” Murray-Bruce said. “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.”


Kashamu served as a Senator representing Ogun-East in the eighth National Assembly under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He was 62.

He joins a list of prominent Nigerians who have succumbed to the novel coronavirus.

Former Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Abba Kyari and former Governor of Oyo state, Abiola Ajimobi, have also passed on from COVID-19 complications.

Kashamu’s family is yet to issue an official statement regarding his death.


Top Story: Bayo Dayo turns back at Kashamu in rage.


Former Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State, Engr Bayo Dayo has threatened to reveal “what Senator Buruji Kashamu has done in the past if he did not stop blackmailing him.”

Kashamu, the 2019 governorship candidate of the PDP in Ogun State, has earlier accused Dayo of plots to assassinate him.

Kashamu petitioned the Ogun State Commissioner of Police, accusing Dayo of keeping a gun in his house under the guise of being a hunter.


In his reaction, Dayo said he chose not to expose Kashamu because of the relationship they used to have before now.

According to him, everything done by the former Ogun East Senator during his days as a youth were well known to him.


However, he said he would not go into details now, unless Kashamu refused to stop blackmailing him all around.

“Buruji Kashamu is shouting that I want to kill him. Many of you have been to my house on many occasions. Have you ever seen me harbouring thugs all around me as a Chairman? Some Chairmen will have thugs, but at my age, there is no reason for me to be harbouring thugs in my house.


“Buruji Kashamu has more than 50 bouncers walking around with him every day. If kashamu dies, what is going to be my gain? But for him to be calling me names, it is an abomination in Ijebuland, because I am almost 14 years ahead of him. So, for him to be talking bad of me when he knows that we have been very very close, it means Buruji Kashamu does not know how to maintain a relationship.

“And because I am still maintaining a relationship, that is why I have not said a lot of things. I know what he has done in the past; I know a lot about him, but I am an old man and there’s a limit to what I can say. Those I have said are what many people know. What he was doing from his youth, I know it.


“I will not go into details now, but if he does not stop all those blackmailing he is doing all about, I will have no alternative than to expose him fully,” Bayo Dayo warned.

The PDP chieftain said Kashamu was in politics to make money, describing him as an accidental Senator.


Speaking on why the two of them broke apart, he said: “The problem between us is that he called me and said he is going to hang the PDP in Ogun State and they (party members) won’t be able to do anything with it.

“He said he doesn’t want the party to be useful to anybody. How can a Chairman be happy with that? I’m not happy with him because he does not want the PDP to progress.”