By Michael Adesanya/Abeokuta
The remains of the late Senator Buruji Kashamu was laid to rest at about 12.45pm on Sunday in his Ijebu-Igbo home, as symphatisers defied social distancing protocol to pay their last respects to him.
Mourners – including youth, politicians, family members, residents who besieged the residence of the late Kashamu – wailed uncontrollably when his body was brought out from his building.
The janazat prayer was led by the Sheik Mikail Sile Rufia, the Mufti of Ogun State.
Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, was among the symphatisers who paid a condolence visit on the family.
Abiodun arrived the Kashamu home at about 10.39am in company of some of his cabinet members.
Speaking with journalists after his visit, the governor described his friend of 25 years as a courageous, passionate and cheerful giver.
He added that the state political landscape would not be the same without him.
Abiodun said, “Senator Buruji is someone I have known for the past 25 years. He was very courageous, passionate and most importantly a cheerful giver especially to the needy.
“His death is one too many to the people of Ogun State. The state political landscape will never be the same without him. We offer our deepest condolences on behalf of myself, my family and all the good people of Ogun State.
“We pray Almighty will accept his soul, forgive his sins and grant him eternal peace.”
In his tribute, former Senator Adegbenga Kaka, described the death of Kashamu as a loss, saying he lived his life in the way God wanted him to live.
He prayed that God should forgive his shortcoming and grant him eternal rest.
Dr. Reuben Abati, who was Kashamu’s running mate during the 2019 gubernatorial said the late politician was “grossly misunderstood” in his lifetime.
He also described him as “a very kind and large – hearted man”, who invested in the lives of less privileged across the state.
Abati, however, expressed concern that a number of those who benefitted from him politically failed to show up at the burial.
Dignitaries at the burial included the Senator representing Ogun East, Senator Lekan Mustapha; former deputy governor of the State, Prince Segun Adesegun and the State Commissioner for Environment, Abiodun Abudu-Balogun.
Many of Kashamu’s political associates were conspicuously absent at the burial.
The widow of the deceased, Susan, and children wept uncontrollably as the body was lowered to the grave.
The Ogun State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) commiserated with the Kashamu family and members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the state over the death.
APC, in a statement released on Sunday by the Publicity Secretary of the Ogun APC Caretaker Committee, Tunde Oladunjoye, described the late senator as a courageous politician, who gave his all to any cause he believed in.
Oladunjoye stated that Kashamu in his lifetime, played politics without bitterness.
The statement reads: “Our party is saddened by the death of late prince Buruji Kashamu, a former senator of Ogun East Senatorial District (2015-2019), and a former governorship candidate of the PDP in the 2019 governorship elections.
“The late politician was a courageous politician who gave his all on any cause he believed in. He played politics without bitterness.
“Even as a candidate who just lost elections, he was quick to congratulate the winner and also visited the Iperu country home of Gov. Dapo Abiodun to congratulate him a day after the announcement of the 2019 governorship elections results.
“During the visit, late Kashamu said elections are gone, and winners have emerged, those elected as president or governors become the president or governors for all. Support and join hands with the winners to move our dear state and country forward.
“It is our prayers that Almighty God will bless his soul, make him to rest in peace and give his immediate, extended and political families, the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss”.