By Odogwu Emeka Odogwu
The Archbishop of Ondo Province, Anglican Communion, Most Rev. Gabriel Akinbiyi, and the Vice President of Nigeria, Yemi Osinbajo, have charged Nigerians to follow the example of Frederick Fasehun, the late founder of the Oodua People's Congress (OPC).
Osinbajo gave the charge during the funeral service organized for Fasehun at Saint Stephen's Anglican Cathedral Church, Oke Aluko, Ondo City, Ondo State.
They said Fasehun was committed to national unity and democratic development throughout his lifetime.
Archbishop Akinbiyi described Fasehun as a patriotic Nigerian whose lifespan was devoted to the liberation of his people, regardless of religious and political affiliations.
He said death was an inevitable end for all human beings, irrespective of position or status.
The Vice President, who advised the people in the church to always do good while alive, noted that the late pro-democracy activist would be remembered for his patriotism and contributions to national development.
Osinbajo said the late OPC founder would be specifically be remembered for the role he played in the struggle for the restoration of democracy for which he suffered for 20 months at Ikoyi Prisons.
The Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, also described Fasehun as a unique and special leader who served the nation wholeheartedly.
Akeredolu, who said the late nationalist suffered for the progress of the Yoruba race, added that founding OPC was one of the legacies he left behind.
Other dignitaries at the occasion included Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi; former governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, and Minister of State for Niger Delta, Prof. Claudius Daramola, among others.