What Osinbajo said at burial of late OPC founder, Faseun

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday attended the funeral of late
Dr Frederick Fasehun, the founder of Oodua Peoples Congress(OPC) at
the Cathedral Church of Saint Stephen, Oke-Aluko, Ondo State.

NAN reports that Osinbajo was accompanied to the service by Gov.
Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, Gov. Kayode Fayemi, among others.

In his tribute, Osinbajo said it was a great honour to be at the
service to express his own condolence on behalf of the President of
the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Government of Nigeria.

He said that Fasehun was exceptional in everything he did as he was a
medical doctor, a sociologist as well as a versatile acupuncturist.

"He studied acupuncture in 1977; and set up the very first acupuncture
centre in Africa at LASUTH.

"He was such a brilliant medical doctor; one would have thought that
he would just restrict himself to practice of medicine.

"Of course, many of us know he was the proprietor of Bestcare
Hospital, which catered for the poor; so many people were able to
receive medical attention.

"But beyond that, I think that what he will always be remembered for
is what he did with the OPC; of course, many of us know about the
struggle.

"He was not really a politician; his first interaction that we know
within the democratic struggle was when he founded the Movement for
Social and Economic Justice.''

Osinbajo said that when the deceased founded the OPC, he decided that
it was not enough for the Yoruba people to be recongnised for their
industry and for their enterprise, but to seek beyond that.

He said that the first set of members of OPC were artisans, who
Fasehun taught excellence and integrity and also at the same time,
teaching them democratic principles and activism.

The vice president said that he was happy that Fasehun lived a good
life and knew God.

In his tribute, Akeredolu said that Fasehun would be remembered for
excellence and for championing the cause of the Yoruba nation.

Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh, the Archbishop of Abuja Province and Primate
of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, prayed God to comfort
the family of the deceased and all he left behind.

Okoh, whose message was read by the Most Rev. Gabriel Akinbiyi,
Archbishop, Ecclesiastical Province of Ondo and Lord Bishop, Diocese
of Akoko, also prayed God to give Fasehun's family the fortitude to
bear the loss.

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