Kingsley Orlu│ 08 August 2020 │ 18:00
ABEOKUTA – On Saturday, 8 August, Senator Ben-Murray Bruce announces the death of Sen. Kashamu. In a tweet, he said “I have just lost my good friend of forever to #COVID19. 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, 62, was the eighth National Assembly Senator representing Ogun-East under the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, received the news of his passing with “deep pain and grief”. He described Kashamu’s demise as a devastating blow to the nation’s political family in a statement released by his spokesman, Kunle Somorin.
“I received the sad news of the passing of Senator Buruji Kashamu today, 8 August 2020, with 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.
“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,” he said.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo was among dignitaries who condoled with the Ogun State Governor over the demise of Senator Buruji Kashamu, describing death as “sad”.
In a statement signed by his spokesperson Kehinde Akinyemi, Obasanjo said while Kashamu’s life, death, and history left a “lessons for those of all us on this side of the veil.”
The late senator had a long legal battle against the Federal Government over extradition to the United States to face charges in a drug trafficking allegation.
Obasanjo said “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,” he condoled.