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Obasanjo says: Kashamu ran away from justice, but couldn’t escape death

Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, has said former senator representing Ogun East, Buruji Kashamu, avoided justice in his lifetime but could not escape death.

Obasanjo in a condolence message issued by his media office on Sunday evening said while Kashamu’s death is a “sad” one, his life and history left “lessons for those of all us on this side of the veil”.

The statement reads as follows:

“I received the sad news of the demise of Senator Esho Jinadu (Buruji Kashamu), a significant citizen of Ogun State. Please accept my condolences and that of my family on this irreparable loss.

“The life and history of the departed have lessons for those of us on this side of the veil. Senator Esho Jinadu (Buruji Kashamu) in his lifetime used the manoeuvre of law and politics to escape from facing justice on alleged criminal offence in Nigeria and outside Nigeria.

“But no legal, political, cultural, social or even medical manoeuver could stop the cold hand of death when the creator of all of us decides that the time is up.

“May Allah forgive his sins and accept his soul into Aljanah, and may God grant his family and friends fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.”

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

He died on Saturday at the First Cardiology Consultants, in Lagos, after suffering from COVID-19 complications.


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