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WANT a glimpse at a condolence letter an Ebora has written? Make a dash at a classic, in that genre, by former President Olusegun Obasanjo

8/11/2020 12:44:00 AM

An elder that Obasanjo is should know when not to irreverently run his mouth, particularly at a dead man, who couldn’t respond in full measure.

WANT a glimpse at a condolence letter an Ebora has written? Make a dash at a classic, in that genre, by former President Olusegun Obasanjo

HardballWant a glimpse at a condolence letter an Ebora has written? Make a dash at a classic, in that genre, by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, aka Ebora Owu, on former Ogun Senator Buruji Kashamu.The Kashamus, of Ijebu Igbo, Ogun State on August 8, lost Buruji Kashamu, who died in Lagos, of COVID-19 complications. He was buried yesterday, in Ijebu Igbo.

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Though the former president has made a life-long habit of pointing fingers at, and belittling others, the Kashamu letter is clearly a new low, even by Obasanjo’s gross, crass and insensitive standards. Just as well he addressed the letter to Ogun Governor, Dapo Abiodun, not the grieving Kashamu clan!

“The life and history of the departed have lessons for those of us all, on this side of the veil,” wrote the no-nonsense moral Pontiff Obasanjo. “Senator Esho Jinadu (Buruji Kashamu) in his lifetime used the maneuver of law and politics to escape from facing justice on alleged criminal offence in Nigeria and outside Nigeria,” thundered the King Kong of crusading global police and dutiful judiciary rolled in one.

But that only built to a devastating climax — gross in decorum, coarse in common sense and offensive to Yoruba culture, to which Obasanjo and the late Buruji belonged: “… No legal, political, cultural, social or even medical maneuver could stop the cold hand of death, when the Creator of all of us decides that the time is up”!

Still, why that grubby triumphalism, by a man who himself earlier confessed he was at the “departure lounge”?ADVERTISEMENTIt is ode to Obasanjo’s notorious hypocrisy, that this “legal, political, cultural, social or even medical” poison (to mimic his tumbling adjectives), was sandwiched by the opening and closing paragraphs of the trademark Obasanjo cant.

The opening paragraph: “I received the sad news of the demise of Senator Esho Jinadu (Buruji Kashamu), a significant citizen of Ogun State. Please accept my condolence and that of my family on this irreparable loss.”Then, closing one: “May Allah forgive his sin and accept his soul into Aljanah, and may God grant his family and friends fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.”

Now, pray: how does the Ebora “sadness” of the opening paragraph and the Ebora “benediction” of the closing one, segue into the coarse Ebora judgment of the second, with nary any sensitivity for the grieving folks Kashamu left behind?Yes, Obasanjo’s deliberate use of Esho Jinadu, to the dead man’s preferred Buruji Kashamu, is a devastating reference to the alleged drug dealings of the late former senator. In more than whispering campaigns, folks have claimed Kashamu was no more than an ignoble “body double” for Jinadu, an alleged drug baron, nearly nabbed abroad, before baling to Nigeria.

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Kashamu, the tales insisted, was a ploy to blot out Jinadu’s drug sins, for Kashamu to live happily ever after.But even if that were so, does it lie in the hand of Obasanjo to throw the first stone, given his own gross and unfazed personal profiteering from high public service, as epitomized by his Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) — first in Africa?

Didn’t the cream of economic Nigeria “donate” to build that library, under the riveting eyes of Obasanjo, then sitting president and Oil minister, in a clear case of cynical abuse of position and privilege? Read more: The Nation Nigeria »

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