People can mourn me the way they like when I die, says Obasanjo

Former president of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo had responded to critics following his controversial condolence message on the death of Senator Buruji Kashamu.

Obasanjo in the condolence message, said the late Kashamu escaped justice but could not evade death.

“Senator Esho Jinadu (Buruji Kashmu) in his lifetime used the manoeuvre of law and politics to escape from facing justice on the alleged criminal offence in Nigeria and outside Nigeria.

“But no legal, political, cultural, social, or even medical manoeuvre could stop the cold hands 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,”

APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and former governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose were among those who lambasted Obasanjo for his remarks which they said demonstrated disrespect for the dead.

Responding to the criticism, Obasanjo said he was not not gloating over Kashmu’s death

“When I was growing up, in our community, when anyone known with bad character died, we usually only mourn him and bury him. No eulogy. No praise-singing. “There is an English saying that urges us never to talk ill of the dead. But in this case, we are not talking ill of the dead. We are only drawing lessons from the life and history of the dead. I am not gloating over his death. It is sad for anyone to die and we must mourn him.

“But we must learn from such a passage. There will be bad lessons. There will be good lessons. But we should not just be praise-singing or eulogising the dead, especially when there is no need to do so.

“We should not cover up bad histories and conducts so that the right lessons can be learned.

“But we must learn from such a passage. There will be bad lessons. There will be good lessons. But we should not just be praise-singing or eulogising the dead, especially when there is no need to do so.

“We should not cover up bad histories and conducts so that the right lessons can be learned.” he added.

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