Dignitaries bid farewell to Fasheun in Ondo


A host of eminent Nigerians, on Thursday, stormed the ancient city of Ondo to pay their last respect to the leader and founder of the Odua Peoples Congress (OPC), Dr Frederick Fasehun.

The Vice -President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, who led the Federal Government delegation to the final burial of Fasheun, called on Nigerians to be more committed to national unity and democratic development

Speaking during the funeral service, held Saint Stephen’s Anglican Cathedral Church, Oke Aluko, Ondo City, Ondo State, Osinbajo, noted that the late Fasheun spent his life and resources towards the development of democracy in Nigeria.

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He recalled the late OPC founder struggle towards the restoration of democracy and mandate of the acclaimed June 12 winner, Chief MKO Abiola in 1993.

Professor Osinbajo maintained that late Faseun spent his life and resources on the restoration of democracy through June 12 and OPC.

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Osinbajo who paid a glowing tribute to Fasheun said “we are celebrating Fasheun today because he had paid his dues. He had contributed to the national democracy.

“We have learned a lot from him while alive and would be remembered for his role in the development of democracy and as the founder of OPC.

“He will also be remembered for the role he plays during 1993 election and after the election. He suffered for over 20 months at Ikoyi prison during Abacha regime, the legacy he left behind would be remembered for life.”

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Also speaking, governor, Rotimi Akeredolu said the late activist and nationalist who always spoke his mind no matter how controversial would not be forgotten in the history of Yoruba race for his struggle through OPC.

In a sermon, the Archbishop of Ondo Province, Anglican Communion, Most Revd Gabriel Akinbiyi, advised politicians not to compromise the work of God with an ungodly act so as to be effective in their dealings.

Akinbiyi said that death is inevitable saying every man will account for their deeds, noting that the world is full of battle and only those who are in Christ will reign in eternity

He said death was inevitable for all irrespective of position or status and described late Fasehun as a patriotic Nigerian whose lifespan was devoted to the liberation of his people regardless of religious and political affiliations.

Dignitaries at the burial included Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, former governor of Ondo State, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, Minister of State for Niger Delta, Professor Claudius Daramola and Reverend Cannon Adebayo Eso of the Ondo Diocese Anglican Communion.

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