Fisayo Akinduro, Osogbo
President Muhmmadu Buhari has described the passing of elder statesman and leader of the Yoruba sociocultural group, Afenifere, Pa Ayorinde Fasanmi, as a great loss to the nation.
The President said the late Pa Fasanmi served as a moral compass for the nation across administrations, noting that in his many counsels and well-considered opinions.
Eulogizing Fasanmi in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, on Thursday, President Buhari described him as fearless and consistent, saying the progressive ideals he projected impacted greatly on government at all levels.
“President Muhammadu Buhari joins Yoruba socio-cultural and political organisation, Afenifere, in mourning the passing of Pa Ayorinde Fasanmi, describing his death as a big loss to the nation.
“The President condoles with people and government of Osun and Ekiti States, family members, friends and associates of the elder statesman, who served as a legislator in both House of Representatives and Senate, and distinguished himself politically by always standing for the truth, especially on issues related to the uplifting of the downtrodden.
“President Buhari affirms that Chief Fasanmi’s wise counsels, borne out of humility, deep reflection, diligent studies and experience will be sorely missed by governments at different levels, as he regularly and willingly listened to leaders, and always had a good advice on going forward.
Meanwhile,late elder statesman and leader of Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, Senator Ayo Fasanmi, will be buried on August 4, his family has announced.
The family said he will be buried at his hometown in Iye Ekiti at St. John Anglican Church, Iye-Ekiti in the same tomb with his wife, who died in 2014.
One of the sons of the elder statesman, Folabi Fasanmi, who disclosed this said “Baba’s wish for his burial is that he should be buried almost immediately and I can say that with what we have on ground now Baba should be buried next week Tuesday, August 4, 2020.
“We are going to work in conjunction with his political associates and the southwest governors.
“He is going to be buried at our hometown in St. John Anglican Church, Iye-Ekiti. He is going to share the same tomb with his wife who died in 2014.”
His passage was confirmed by his first son, Hon. Justice Obafemi Fasanmi, on behalf of the family.
Pa. Fasanmi was an epitome of humility, selflessness and integrity.
He made enviable and remarkable contributions to his profession, to the socio-political development of Yorubaland, and to the nation at large.