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I don’t care about what people say about me when I’m dead – Obasanjo

Ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo has responded to those who criticized his comment on the death of Senator Buruji Kashamu.

Obasanjo had said that Kashamu who died of COVID-19 use manipulative powers to escape the law but couldn’t escape death.

His comment was heavily criticized by Nigerians from all works of life which has now forced a response from the former military and civilian ruler.

He said, “When I was growing up, in our community, when anyone known with bad character died, we usually only mourn him and bury him. No eulogy. No praise-singing.

“There is an English saying that urges us never to talk ill of the dead. But in this case, we are not talking ill of the dead. We are only drawing lessons from the life and history of the dead. I am not gloating over his death. It is sad for anyone to die and we must mourn him.

“But we must learn from such a passage. There will be bad lessons. There will be good lessons. But we should not just be praise-singing or eulogising the dead, especially when there is no need to do so.

“We should not cover up bad histories and conducts so that the right lessons can be learnt.”

Obasanjo added: “As you know, I say my mind as truthfully as I know them and in line with my convictions. People are free to say whatever they want about my comment. I don’t begrudge people for holding opinions on whatever I say or do.

“Let people say whatever they like when I transit. Now that I am alive, am I not being abused? Whenever I transit, let people say whatever they know or think about me. Let them say it as it is. What my maker thinks of me is what matters most.”

Apegg Adeneyo

Apegg Adeneyo, writes entertainment and national news on Kemi Filani News . A passionate writer who loves to disseminate informative reports on topics bordering on celebrities, lifestyle, sports and politics. With aspirations to reach the top. Loves football and epic movies set in the medieval times. A graduate of Economics (LAUTECH). Tel: +2348061000090 Address: 13 Akonwonjo, Egbeda, Lagos, Nigeria

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