PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has expressed his condolences to the government and people of Osun State over the death of leader of pan-Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere, Pa Ayo Fasanmi.
An elder statesman and senator in the Second Republic, Fasanmi died in Osogbo, Osun State, on Wednesday night, age 94.
A leader of of a faction of Egbe Afenifere, a faction of Afenifere, Fasanmi was also a top member of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
A pharmacist, he was National President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria in 1977, he was elected senator in 1979, and became a member of the House of Representatives in 1983.
He also a a member of the National Constitutional Conference Commission in 1994.
Buhari said that the death of the Afenifere chieftain was “a big loss to the nation,” and that Fasanmi, had distinguished himself politically by always standing for truth, and on the side of the downtrodden.
A statement by presidential Special Adviser on Media & Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, on Thursday, said the president “affirms that Chief Fasanmi’s wise counsels, borne out of humility, deep reflection, diligent studies and experience will be sorely missed.
“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.
“The progressive ideals that he projected impacted greatly and provided a road map on development at state and federal levels.”
President Buhari noted that the efforts of 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,” Buhari added.