Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has described the demise of the founder and national leader of the Oodua Peoples Congress, OPC, Dr. Federick Fasehun as shocking and great loss to Ondo State and the entire country.
In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Segun Ajiboye, Akeredolu stated that the death of Fasehun would create a huge vacuum whose place in the nation’s history cannot be easily forgotten.
The statement reads, “Ondo State governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN), mourns the founder of Oodua Peoples Congress, Dr. Federick Fasehun who died today, December 1, 2018.
“Governor Akeredolu describes the late Fasehun as a disciplined citizen, nationalist to the core and intelligent medical practitioner who used his energy and other resources to fight for the interests of common man.
“As a politician, the governor is of the opinion that the late Fasehun’s argument for egalitarian society where merit and equity are made parametric conditions for selecting leaders or people’s representatives will continue to dominate socio-political discourse.”
Also, former Governor of Ondo State, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, has described the death of the OPC founder as the departure of a committed patriot and a worthy elders statesman with love and passion for the progress of the nation.
Mimiko, in a statement, said posterity will always remember Fasehun as one of those who, through their patriotism and strong desire to see Nigeria work for all, staked all and displayed exceptional courage in the face of oppression to ensure the enthronement of a democratic government.
He said, “Death took Baba Fasehun away at a time the nation need him to help provide workable contributions to the restructuring of Nigeria, now that majority of the people have seen the need for restructuring, which is one of his utmost agitations.
“While his death will rightly be seen as a great loss to his immediate family, the people of Ondo State and the nation at large, it will no doubt create a vacuum in Yorubaland and the nation.
Meanwhile, the Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere, on its own part has described the death of the Fasehun, as a big loss to the country.
Describing the OPC founder’s death as a shattering news, the Afenifere Publicity Secretary, 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.
“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.”
Fasehun, a medical doctor and social crusader died in the early hours of Saturday at age 83.