The death of elder statesman Pa Ayorinde Fasanmi, a respected politician and National Leader of the Afenifere, has been announced by the Osun State Government. He passed on at 94.
His passage was confirmed by his first son, Hon. Justice Obafemi Fasanmi, on behalf of the family.
The state described “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.”
A statement by Osun Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Funke Egbemode, recalled Fasanmi served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Old Western Nigeria Housing Corporation.
“He was National President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria in 1977, elected into the Senate in 1979, and became a member of the House of Representatives in 1983.
“He also served with the National Constitutional Conference Commission in 1994, as a member.”
The statement said Fasanmi “was an icon who left indelible footprints in the sands of time.
“Baba Fasanmi was a leader who demonstrated his love for our great country in many laudable ways; but more heart-warming was how he showed optimal concern for the welfare of the poor and underprivileged, and how he held leaders accountable on their promises of good governance.
‘We also recognise how much Osogbo, and Osun State as a whole meant to Pa. Fasanmi, who was transferred to Osogbo as a Pharmacist in 1951, and he chose to live here till he took his last breath.
“His Alekuwodo residence became a make-shift Secretariat for a number of causes and movements of national relevance.
“The State Government of Osun appreciates all he accomplished in his lifetime, especially as a pivotal force in the socio-cultural and political bolstering of the Yoruba.”
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, told reporters in the deceased Osogbo residence: “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, 4th August 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.