Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has condoled with Governor Dapo Abiodun on the death of Senator Buruji Kashamu.
In a condolence letter to Abiodun by his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi, Obasanjo said the death of the PDP stalwart was sad but noted the life and history of the departed have lessons for those on this side of the veil.
Kashamu, who represented Ogun East at the Senate in the 8th National Assembly and contested the gubernatorial ticket of the state on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) with Governor Abiodun, died in a hospital in Lagos on Saturday of COVID-19 complications.
OBJ said that Senator Esho Jinadu (Buruji Kashmu) in his lifetime used the maneuver of law and politics to escape from facing justice on alleged criminal offence in Nigeria and outside Nigeria, but no legal, political, cultural, social or even medical maneuver could stop the cold hand of death.
He however pray to Allah to forgive his sin and accept his soul into Aljanah, and may God grant his family and friends fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
A former Senator from Ogun East Senatorial District, Buruji Kashamu has died of COVID-19 complications.
The news of his death was confirmed by Sen. Ben Murray Bruce via a twitter post earlier today.
Kashamu was said to died at first Cardiology Consultants, in Lagos. He was 62 years old.
The former Senator was a member of Peoples Democratic Party and served in the 8th National Assembly.
He was the flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2019 Ogun State gubernatorial election and lost against Dapo Abiodun of the All Progressives Congress in distance 4th.
The Edo State chapter of the PDP described President Buhari’s meeting with the governorship candidate of the APC, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, as a dent on his image and the anti-corruption fight.
A statement signed by the state publicity secretary of the party, Chris Osa Nehikhare, said the president was ill advised to met with Ize-Iyamu.
The statement read further that the meeting is least expected to happen considering the spirited fight against corruption, which the Buhari’s administration is known for.
The president received Pastor Ize-Iyamu alongside the Caretaker Committee chairman of the APC and Governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni, chairman of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) and Governor of Kebbi State, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu and APC campaign chairman for the Edo State election and Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.
Buhari at the meeting the charged APC leaders to avoid the pitfalls that affected the party’s victory in Rivers, Zamfara and Bayelsa states in the 2019 elections in Edo State.
President Muhammadu Buhari has mandated the state governments and the FCT to enforce non-pharmaceutical guidelines, primarily the use of face masks, in public appearance and places.
This was made known to the public by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman, Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, during the taskforce briefing in Abuja.
Mustapha said that prior to the Sallah break, the PTF informed the nation that the 6th Interim Report and recommendations would be submitted to Mr. President for his consideration and approval.
He then said that the PTF team met with the President on Wednesday 5th August 2020 to brief him of the situation on COVID-19 and the next steps.
He said that the recommendations made to the President were borne out of the diligent evaluation of the situation in Nigeria as well as regional and global experiences and that the considerations were also guided by the three thematic areas movement, industry, and labor; and community activities.
Mustapha further said that after due consideration of the recommendations, Mr. President approved the maintaining the current phase of the National Response to COVID-19 for another four weeks in line with the modifications reflected in the report; partnering with states and local governments to improve community sensitisation and engagement to the COVID-19 response.
He also said that the President has mandated state authorities and the FCT to enforce non-pharmaceutical guidelines, primarily the use of face masks in public appearance and places; encouraging state governments to collaborate with local government authorities to intensify necessary measures such as contact tracing, grassroots mobilisation and risk communication; and Strengthening of collaboration with other mandate groups at Federal/State levels to harmonise the country’s COVID-19 response, on the short, medium and long-term basis.
The operatives of the Nigerian Police have taken over of the Edo State House of Assembly complex.
The two major political parties in the state have continued to trade blames on who is responsible for the blockade at the complex of the Edo State House of Assembly. This allegation is coming after series of unresolved political crises in the Edo State House of Assembly between members loyal to the current Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, and those loyal to the immediate past Governor, Mr. Adams Oshiomole.
Reacting to the developments at the Assembly complex in a statement issued earlier today (Thursday 6th August 2020), Chairman of the APC Media Campaign Council in Edo, John Mayaki, explained that as a political party, the APC does not control the police.
Mr. Mayaki has also accused the incumbent Governor of bridging constitutional provisions with his interference with the affairs of the State House of Assembly particularly its independence by denying opposition members-elect legitimate representation.