Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Saturday described the late Dr Fredrick Fasehun as a renowned pro-democracy and good governance activist who left behind fine legacies.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Fasehun, also an active member of National Democratic Coalition (NADECO), died at about 1am on Saturday, at the intensive care unit of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja (LASUTH).
He was 83 years old.
In a statement issued by his Media Officer, Mr Tunde Rahman in Lagos, Tinubu said that Fasehun was a committed democrat, tested political player and Yoruba nationalist.
He charged the Fasehun family and other associates of the late leader not to allow his fine legacies to die.
”Dr Fasehun was a renowned pro-democracy and good governance activist, committed democrat, tested political player and Yoruba nationalist.
” I say all of that because I knew him well. We related very closely.
”He was known for his Yoruba nationalistic fervor. Like an Afenifere chieftain that he was, he fought stridently for the Yoruba cause.
” He canvassed true federalism and political restructuring. He fought as well for the cause of the Nigerian nation.
”The good thing about Baba is there was never a time that he sat on the fence,” he said.
Tinubu said that though the late Fasehun was a trained medical doctor, he was very active politically.
”He founded the Oodua Peoples Congress to actualise June 12 but espoused non-violence.
”Nonetheless, he remained a thorn in the flesh of the military. It was therefore no surprise that Dr Fasehun was imprisoned for 19 months from December 1996 to June 1998 by the Gen. Sani Abacha regime, ”Tinubu said.