Afenifere leader, Ayo Fasanmi, dies at 94

Pa Ayo Fasanmi

One of the prominent leaders of Afenifere, a pan-Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Pa Ayo Fasanmj, is dead.

Aged 94, Fasanmi, who died Wednesday night, was a core Awoist, being one the followers of former Premier of Nigeria’s old Western region, the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, popularly called Awo.

In his lifetime, President Muhammadu Buhari had extolled the virtues of Fasanmi, as someone who displayed courage in standing for democratic governance and fighting for democratic ideals and values.

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As a politician from Ekiti State, Fasanmi became a Senator on the platform of the defunct Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) in the Second Republic.

The family conforming the death Thursday morning, in a statement signed by the son of the deceased, Folabi Fasanmi, said: “With great gratitude to the Almighty God for a life well spent, we wish to announce the demise of our father, Senator Ayo Fasanmi at the ripe age of 94 years.

“The Second Republic Senator who until his death was a leader of the Yoruba Socio-Cultural Group, Egbe Afenifere (Ilosiwaju Yoruba) and a Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), passed on peacefully in Osogbo on Wednesday night.

“The burial arrangement will be announced by his immediate family in conjunction with his political associates and the South West Governors.

“He was born 27th September, 1925.”