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Osinbajo, Akeredolu task Nigerians on unity at Fasehun’s burial


Former Governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko (second right); Archbishop, Ecclesiastical Province of Ondo and Bishop, Akoko Diocese, Most Rev. Gabriel Akinbiyi; Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu; wife of the deceased, Iyabo Fasehun; Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo; Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi and children of the deceased, during the funeral service for the late founder of Oodua People’s Congress (OPC), Dr. Frederick Fasehun, at the Cathedral Church of St. Stephen, Oke-Aluko, Ondo City… yesterday.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has enjoined all Nigerians to be more committed to national unity and democratic development.

Osinbajo gave the exhortation yesterday during the funeral service of the founder of Oodua People’s Congress (OPC), Dr. Frederick Fasehun at St. Stephen’s Anglican Cathedral Church, Oke-Aluko, Ondo City, Ondo State.

According to him, the deceased spent his life-time and resources on the restoration of democracy through June 12 and the OPC.

Osinbajo, who described the late OPC leader as a man who was committed to the unity of the country, adding that his legacy would forever remain indelible to many generations, said: “It is an honour for me to register my condolence on Fasehun’s death. I learnt a lot from his commitment as one of his close associates.


“He will be remembered for life for his role in founding the OPC. We will also remember him for the role he played during 1993 election and after. He suffered for 20 months at Ikoyi Prison during Abacha regime. His legacy will be remembered for life.”

Fasehun died in December 2018 at the age of 83 and was survived by wife, six children and 13 grandchildren.

Also, the Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, noted that Fasehun was a pro-democratic activist and nationalist who always expressed his mind no matter how controversial it would be.

Akeredolu said Fasehun’s tremendous contributions to nation-building through the pro-Yoruba militia group, OPC, would be eternally celebrated in the history of Yoruba race and the country at large.

Meanwhile, in his sermon, Archbishop of Ondo Province, Anglican Communion, Most Revd Gabriel Akinbiyi, said death was inevitable irrespective of position or status.

He said the OPC founder was a patriotic Nigerian who devoted his entire life for the liberation of his people regardless of religious and political affiliations.

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