Federick Fasehun/photo: Vanguard

The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State, Jimi Agbaje, has described the death of Dr. Frederick Fasehun as a huge loss to Nigeria, especially the Yoruba race.

Fasehun, founder and leader of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) died at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) on Saturday at the age of 83.

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Describing Fasehun as a historical figure and a foremost father of the country’s Fourth Republic democracy, Agbaje said his transition at this time in the country’s political history was personally painful to him.

Agbaje extolled the virtues of Fasehun in a statement signed by his campaign spokesperson, Felix Oboagwina on Saturday in Lagos.

“Not only was Baba an icon of Nigeria’s democratic struggle, but to me, he stood as a father figure with whom I enjoyed a personal relationship.

“We thank God for a life well spent. And we pray that God will grant us all the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.

“My family, my campaign team and I stand with OPC and the family at this moment,” Agbaje said.

Himself a pharmacist, Agbaje said that Fasehun’s role as a medical doctor, Nigeria’s first acupuncturist and Founder of OPC marked him as a historical figure.

Recalling the epoch role Fasehun played in the struggle for June 12 and the Fourth Republic, Agbaje described him as a stuff of which legends were made.

“Dr. Fasehun left his comfort zone as a wealthy medical doctor to join the proletariats, the commoners and pro-democratic groups on street demonstrations for the military to cede power to civilians.

“In this cause, he suffered all kinds of assaults and detentions from the oppressors, but he remained undeterred and unwavering,” Agbaje said.