Fasehun’s death, big loss to Nigeria –Afenifere


Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere, has described the death of the founder of Odua Peoples Congress, Dr Frederick Fasehun, as a big loss to the country.

The 83-year-old died in the early hours of Saturday at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, after spending four days in the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital.

Describing the OPC founder’s death as a shattering news, the Afenifere Publicity Secretary, Mr Yinka Odumakin, said the deceased would be greatly missed.

“He was a prominent Yoruba and Nigerian citizen who dedicated his entire life to the service of humanity,” Odumakin told our correspondent.

“We will surely miss his great works, which will continue to speak for him forever. He lived for the cause of the poor. May God be with his family at this period and comfort them.”

Born in Ondo town, Ondo State, in 1935, Fasehun was a medical doctor and hotel owner and was responsible for the recent revival of the Unity Party of Nigeria, a party formed by the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo in the 1970s.

He formed the OPC to actualise the annulled mandate of Chief MKO Abiola, widely reputed to have won the June 12, 1993 presidential election, a poll annulled by the military ruler, Ibrahim Babangida.

Fasehun was subsequently imprisoned for 19 months from December 1996 to June 1998 during the military rule of the late military dictator, General Sani Abacha.


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