Bola Tinubu, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has said the demise of Buruji Kashamu demonstrated that death is inevitable for every mortal.
Tinubu said this in a statement he personally signed on Sunday in reaction to the death of Kashamu.
Kashamu, a former senator from Ogun state, died of COVID-19 complications at a Lagos hospital on Saturday.
In his statement, Tinubu said the living must be kind to the dead as the late’s politician’s death proves that life is transient.
He said the deceased worked actively to advance the political and economic fortunes of Ogun State
The statement read: “He fought for his convictions, for the people of Ogun State and for his country,” Tinubu said.
“Senator Kashamu was also a good party man. He was unwavering in his support for his party, PDP, through all the twists and turns of his political life. His passing is a big loss to the larger political family in Nigeria.
“He worked assiduously to advance the political and economic fortunes of his state. Kashamu represented, with merit, Ogun East in the 8th National Assembly and worked well for his constituents. He was a kind and generous man, 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.
“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.”
The former Lagos State governor lamented that Kashamu’s death has “lengthened the grotesque list” of important personalities who have died of COVID-19 and, therefore, reemphasised the need for all individuals to adhere to all the preventive measures listed by health experts.
Tinubu’s tribute comes a day after former president Olusegun Obasanjo in a letter addressed to Dapo Abiodun, Governor of Ogun State, alleged that Kashamu used the instruments of law and politics to evade justice.
Ayodele Fayose, a former Ekiti State governor, had faulted Obasanjo, reminding him that he will “still die”.