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Afenifere National leader, Pa Ayo Fasanmi dies at 94; President Buhari,  South West APC mourn

Pa Ayo Fasanmi

By Victor Adeoti

Osogbo, July 30, 2020

Pa Ayorinde Fasanmi, the National Leader of Afenifere Group is dead.

His death was confirmed in a statement signed by one of his children, Folabi Fasanmi, in Osogbo on Thursday.

Fasanmi said the nonagenarian died peacefully on Wednesday night in Osogbo.

“With great gratitude to the Almighty God for a life well spent, we wish to announce the demise of our father,
Senator AYO FASANMI at the ripe age of 94 years.

“The Second Republic Senator, who until his death was a leader of the Yoruba Socio Cultural Group, Egbe Afenifere (ILOSIWAJU YORUBA) and a Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), passed on peacefully in Osogbo on Wednesday night.

“The burial arrangement will be announced by his immediate family in conjunction with his political associates and the South West Governors.

“He was born 27th September, 1925”,the statement reads.

Pa Fasanmi served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Old Western Nigeria Housing Corporation.

He was also the National President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, PSN, in 1977, elected into the Senate in 1979, and became a member of the House of Representatives in 1983.

Pa Fasanmi also served with the National Constitutional Conference Commission in 1994, as a member.

Meanwhile, the Osun government has condoled with late Pa Fasanmi’s family.

Mrs Funke Egbemode, the State’s Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation in a statement in Osogbo, described the deceased as an epitome of humility, selflessness and integrity.

Egbemode said that Pa Fasanmi was an icon who left indelible footprints in the sands of time.

“Baba Fasanmi was a leader, who demonstrated his love for our great country in many laudable ways.

“He made enviable and remarkable contributions to his profession, to the socio-political development of Yorubaland, and to the nation at large.

“But more heart-warming was how he showed optimal concern for the welfare of the poor and underprivileged, and how he held leaders accountable on their promises of good governance.

‘We also recognise how much Osogbo, and Osun State as a whole meant to Pa. Fasanmi, who was transferred to Osogbo as a Pharmacist in 1951, and he chose to live here till he took his last breath.

‘The State Government of Osun appreciates all he accomplished in his lifetime, especially as a pivotal force in the socio-cultural and political bolstering of the Yoruba.

“The State Government prayed that God would comfort the family at this time,” Egbemode said.

President Buhari  

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has joined the Yoruba socio-cultural and political organisation, Afenifere, in mourning the passing of Pa Ayorinde Fasanmi, describing his death as a big loss to the nation.

The President, in a statement by Femi Adesina, his Special Adviser (Media & Publicity) condoled with the people and government of Osun and Ekiti States, family members, friends and associates of the elder statesman, who served as a legislator in both House of Representatives and Senate, and distinguished himself politically by always standing for the truth, especially on issues related to the uplifting of the downtrodden.

President Buhari affirmed that Chief Fasanmi’s wise counsels borne out of humility, deep reflection, diligent studies and experience will be sorely missed by governments at different levels, as he regularly and willingly listened to leaders, and always had a good advice on going forward.

As an ardent follower and prodigy of the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, the President believes the fearless and consistent leader of the Yoruba socio-cultural and political organisation lived to serve his people and the nation, and the progressive ideals that he projected impacted greatly and provided a road map on development at state and federal levels.

President Buhari notes, with commendation, that the efforts of Chief Fasanmi in the founding and sustenance of Nigeria’s democracy will be remembered, and posterity will be glad for his great sacrifices.

The President prays that the Almighty God will receive the soul of the departed leader, and comfort his family.

South West APC  

Idowu Gabriel
Ado-Ekiti, July 30, 2020

Also, the Leaders and members of the APC in the South West of Nigeria, on Thursday described the death of Senator Fasanmi, as a huge loss to the Progressives family in Nigeria.

The South West Zonal Publicity Secretary of APC, Chief Karounwi Oladapo said this in statement on Thursday in Ado-Ekiti.

Oladapo said Pa Fasanmi, one of the foremost elder statesmen, was a very honest and consistent Politician, who never flirted from one Political ideology to the other.

“Senator Ayo Fasanmi kept faith and loyalty with the Chief Obafemi Awolowo led Progressive Parties: Action Group (AG), Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN), the Social Democratic Party (SDP), the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and lately, the All Progressives Congress (APC).

“He never deviated from his commitment to the Social Democratic Principles and Progressive ideals until he breathed his last, on Wednesday, July 29.

“He championed the tenets of Afenifere Socio-Political Organisation, a Pan Yoruba group of West Africa Nigeria in its original form, as espoused by Chief Obafemi Awolowo and the Action Group of the first Republic.

“He never had anything to do with the Conservatives and reactionary elements in the Nigeria Political Space,” he said.

The party noted that Senator Fasanmi played pivotal role during President Muhammadu Buhari re-election campaign bid in 2019.

“Faaanmi received, campaigned and made powerful speeches in support of President Buhari at the Ekiti Parapo Pavilion, Ado Ekiti, at an advanced age of 93.

“This was very unique and remarkable!,” Oladapo added.

The South West APC Leaders, therefore, urged the Federal Government to name a National monument after Fasanmi, in recognition of his innumerable contributions to democracy, good governance and national development.

Fasanmi was a member, Federal House of Representatives under the Action Group of the First Republic and a distinguished Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, in the Second Republic, between 1979 to 1983.

The party condoled with the family of Chief Fasanmi and the good people of Ekiti.


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