Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday attended the funeral of Frederick Fasehun, the founder of Oodua Peoples Congress(OPC) at the Cathedral Church of Saint Stephen, Oke-Aluko, Ondo, Ondo State.
The OPC chieftain passed on December 1 at the Intensive Care Unit of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja (LASUTH).
Mr Osinbajo was accompanied to the service by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State and Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, among others.
A former governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Mimiko, was also in attendance.
In his tribute, Mr 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 Mr 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.’’
Mr Osinbajo said that when the deceased founded the OPC, he decided that it was not enough for the Yoruba people to be recognised for their industry and for their enterprise, but to seek beyond that.
He said the first set of members of OPC were artisans, who Mr Fasehun taught excellence and integrity and also at the same time, teaching them democratic principles and activism.
The vice president said he was happy Mr Fasehun lived a good life and knew God.
In his tribute, Mr Akeredolu said that Fasehun would be remembered for excellence and for championing the cause of the Yoruba nation.
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.
Mr Okoh, whose message was read by 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.
In his sermon, Mr Akinbiyi said that from the tributes from family members and friends, it was evident that he impacted on lives.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo also sent in a condolence message.
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