Femi Falana (SAN) has berated former President Olusegun Obasanjo for backing the alleged felony actions of the overdue Senator Buruji Kashamu when he used to be alive.
Naija Information experiences that Kashamu, a governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Celebration (PDP) within the 2019 election in Ogun State, on Saturday died of COVID-19 headaches age of 62.
Kashamu, who additionally represented Ogun East Senatorial District between 2015 and 2019 on the Nationwide Meeting, shall be buried on Sunday [today] according to Islamic rites at his Ijebu-Igbo native land.
The lawmaker had confronted extradition to the USA for alleged drug trafficking till his dying.
However in a condolence message to Governor Dapo Abiodun, Obasanjo described Kashamu dying as an excellent loss.
The letter stated: “I’ve won the sorrowful information of the dying of Senator Esho Jinadu (Buruji Kashamu), a distinguished Ogun State resident. I lengthen my heartfelt condolences to my friends and family.
“Senator Buruji Kashamu in his lifetime used the manoeuvre of legislation and politics to flee from dealing with justice on alleged felony offence in Nigeria and outdoor Nigeria,” Obasanjo stated.
“However no felony, political, cultural, social, and even clinical manoeuvre may just prevent the chilly hand of dying when the Writer of all people comes to a decision that the time is up.
“Might Allah forgive his sin and settle for his soul into Aljanah, and would possibly God grant his friends and family fortitude to undergo the irreparable loss.”
Reacting in a observation titled, ‘Issues Bobbing up From Leader Obasanjo’s Condolence Letter,’ Falana identified that Obasanjo didn’t abuse African custom by means of criticising the overdue ex-Senator, Buruji Kashamu.
However the human rights legal professional instructed the previous head of state to “prevent insulting the collective intelligence of the Nigerian other folks.”
Falana stated: “Some other folks have stated that it’s in opposition to the African tradition to talk in poor health of the lifeless. This is a ways from the reality. Prior to now, Africans spoke in poor health of the lifeless and uncovered the lifeless in the event that they had been discovered to have engaged in abominable actions that introduced disgrace to a neighborhood. In reality, the our bodies of lifeless women and men who had been discovered to have introduced pestilence to a neighborhood had been buried within the bush.
“Due to this fact, Leader Obasanjo has now not abused the African tradition by means of attacking the overdue Senator Buruji Kashamu for allegedly manipulating the legislation to flee justice at house and in a foreign country. Alternatively, it’s the hypocrisy of his message that are meant to be criticised as a result of it’s in opposition to the African tradition to assist and abet a felony suspect in his lifetime handiest to show spherical to assault him in his grave.
“In 1999, the British Executive had initiated strikes for the extradition of Kashamu to the USA for trial for drug-related offences. However the proof given in favour of Kashamu in 2003 by means of the Nationwide Drug Legislation Enforcement Company (NDLEA) beneath the Olusegun Obasanjo management cleared the suspect of drug fees. As a result, the British Courtroom rejected the request to extradite Kashamu on grounds of uncertainty about his id and freed him after five years in prison. Thereafter, Kashamu returned to the rustic as a loose guy and used to be admitted to the PDP as a full-fledged member. He funded the birthday celebration and changed into a political chief.
“The nationwide management of the birthday celebration said Kashamu’s immense monetary contributions to the PDP. In 2014, on account of political disagreements within the Ogun State bankruptcy of the PDP, former President Obasanjo requested the nationwide management of the PDP to prevent extolling Kashamu as a political chief as a result of he used to be “a ordinary felony sought after in a foreign country to stand felony fees levelled in opposition to him…” However following the answer of the intraparty feud, Leader Obasanjo fixed the podium in Ogun State, extolled Kashamu as a political chief and prayed to the Almighty God to praise him for his generosity.
“In 2015, because of renewed power from the Executive of the USA the Federal Executive filed complaints on the Federal Top Courtroom for Kashamu’s extradition for trial in the USA. However the Federal Top Courtroom brushed aside the extradition complaints in line with the blank invoice of well being which the NDLEA had given Kashamu in 2003. Disillusioned with the judgment of the Federal Top Courtroom the Federal Executive appealed to the Courtroom of Enchantment. In Might 2018, the Courtroom of Enchantment allowed the enchantment and put aside the various orders of the Federal Top Courtroom which had stopped his extradition. Kashamu’s enchantment in opposition to the order of the Courtroom of Enchantment for his extradition continues to be pending on the Ideally suited Courtroom.
“Upon Kashamu’s unexpected death ultimate weekend because of headaches bobbing up from COVID-19 assault, Leader Obasanjo despatched a sarcastic condolence letter to Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State. Whilst praying for the repose of the soul of the deceased Leader Obasanjo stated that during his lifetime he had manoeuvred “legislation and politics to flee from dealing with justice on alleged felony offence in Nigeria and outdoor Nigeria. However no felony, political, cultural, social and even clinical manoeuvre may just prevent the chilly palms of dying when the Writer of all people comes to a decision that the time is up.”
“In protecting his condolence message Leader Obasanjo recalled that: “When I used to be rising up, in our neighborhood, when any person recognized with dangerous persona died, we typically handiest mourn him and bury him. No eulogy. No praise-singing.” Since Leader Obasanjo believes that “The lifestyles and historical past of a life-time of the departed have courses for the ones people in this aspect of the veil” the political leaders who annoyed his extradition from the UK, welcomed him again house and used him to construct political buildings must prevent insulting the collective intelligence of the Nigerian other folks.”
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