Buruji Kashamu buried amid tears as sympathisers break social distancing protocols

Sympathisers at Buriji Kashamu's house. (Inset: Kashamu's file photo)

The late former Ogun State lawmaker, Senator Buruji Kashamu, who represented Ogun East senatorial district in the eighth National Assembly, has been committed to mother earth.

Kashamu’s remains were buried amid tears on Sunday afternoon at his Ishopen residence, in Ijebu Igbo, a town in Ogun State.

For his burial which held at about 1:00 p.m., according to Islamic rites, many sympathisers joined the family, relatives and associates of Kashamu who was described as a generous man and philanthropist.

Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun, who attended the funeral, addressing reporters, described the late senator as a caring community leader whose gestures and benevolent acts would be greatly missed by the people.

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“He was someone that I have known for over 25 years. He was a very courageous man, but more importantly, Senator Buruji was a very cheerful giver, particularly to the needy.

“His death is one too many to the cold hands of COVID-19; it’s come as a complete shock to me and we are all devastated by it.

“He will be very sadly missed by both his biological family and his political family. The Ogun State political landscape will never be the same without him,” the emotional governor added.

Aged 62, Kashamu, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), died on Saturday, from complications related to COVID-19.

But even at that, with COVID-19 still a high health challenge in Ogun and Nigeria at large, many sympathisers, who thronged Kashamu’s house for his funeral did not observe the social distancing protocols.