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Abideen Muhammed, Lagos
Yoruba people and the generality of Nigerians lost another icon earlier this Saturday morning, Dr Frederick Fasehun who died at Intensive Care Unit of Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja, Lagos.
Dr Fasehun senior special adviser on media, Adeoye Jolaosho, confirmed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
He said the OPC Chieftain died at about 1a.m. Saturday at the intensive care unit of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital Ikeja.
“Baba took ill on Wednesday and was rushed to the intensive care unit of LASUTH.
“He died early hours of today. We are all devastated,” he said.
Dr. Frederick Fasehun was born in Ondo town on September 21, 1935 was a Nigerian medical doctor, hotel owner and the founder of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC).
OPC is a Yoruba-based organization formed to actualize the annulled mandate of Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola, who won the presidential election of June 12, 1993 but was barred from his electoral mandate. Later, Dr Fasehun was imprisoned for 19 months from December 1996 to June 1998 during the military regime of Sani Abacha , only ending 18 days after Abacha’s death.
Until his death, Dr Fasehun was an active member of National Democratic Coalition (NADECO).
DR FASEHUN’S PROFILE:
Dr. Frederick Fasehun was born in Ondo town on September 21, 1935.
He began his education late, entering primary school at the age of 13 at Saint Matthews Roman Catholic School, Ondo.
He later moved to Saint Peter’s Teacher’s Training College, Akure, also in Ondo state. But he was expelled from school, because of his non-conformity with Catholicism.
Mr Fasehun was then admitted to Ondo Boys High School, where he completed his secondary education in less than three years, with a Grade One distinction.
His brother offered him a scholarship to study science at Blackburn College in the UK. He furthered his education at Aberdeen University College of Medicine before he became a Doctor.
Dr Fasehun died on Saturday, December 1, 2018.
Buhari’s Condolence Message:
Premium Times reported that: Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari, has commiserated with the Yoruba nation over the passing of the founder of Oodua People’s Congress (OPC), Frederick Fasehun.
The president, in a condolence message by his special adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Saturday, also condoled with the family of the medical practitioner and the government and people of Ondo State.
Mr Buhari recalled the prominent role Mr Fasehun played as a member of the defunct National Democratic Coalition (NADECO), which campaigned against military rule in the country.
The National leader of All Progressive Congress ( APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has expressed his heavy heart to the family of Dr Fasehun Frederick through his media officer, Mr Tunde Rahman on Saturday following the confirmation of Dr Frederick Fasehun’s death.
In a statement issued by his Media Officer, Mr Tunde Rahman in Lagos, Tinubu described Dr Frederick Fasehun as a good governance activist, committed democrat, tested political player and a Yoruba nationalist.
”Dr Fasehun was a renowned pro- democracy and good governance activist , committed democrat , tested political player and Yoruba nationalist.
”I say all of that because I knew him well. We related very closely.
”He was known for his Yoruba nationalistic fervor. Like an Afenifere chieftain that he was , he fought stridently for the Yoruba cause.
”He canvassed true federalism and political restructuring. He fought as well for the cause of the Nigerian nation.
”The good thing about Baba is there was never a time that he sat on the fence.”