Senator Ayo Fasanmi, prominent elder statesman and leader of Afenifere, the Yoruba socio-cultural group, is dead.
The elder statesman died early this morning aged 94. He was born on September 25, 1925.
Burial arrangement is expected to be announced by his immediate family in conjunction with his political associates.
Babafemi Ojudu, special adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on politics, described Pa Fasanmi’s death as saddening not because a man of his age was not expected to die but because his tribe is getting extinct.
“Like his leader Obafemi Awolowo, Papa was a great man of principle, one of the originals. He was steadfast, knowledgeable, committed to the welfare of the people,” he said.
“He never looked back or sideways. He always kept his eyes on his goals never minding victory or defeat, comfort or discomfort. All through his life and struggle he kept faith with his ideals and commitment to welfarism.
“He will be forever remembered. I will miss his frequent calls and encouragement. Stay true to your beliefs, he always impressed on me. He never wavered. Ideologically he was as solid as the Olosunta rock. God bless your soul Papa as you journeyed to the world beyond.”