The Senator who represented Ogun-East senatorial district in the 8th National assembly, Buruji Kashamu, died of COVID-19 complications at the First Cardiology Hospital in Lagos on Saturday
His death announced by former colleague in the Senate, Ben Murray-Bruce immediately got many Nigerians on social media talking.
But how much do you know about the late controversial politician and businessman;
Kashamu was born in Nigeria’s South-Western State of Ogun on 19 May 1958 (Aged 62)
He started his education at Ansarudeen Primary School, Ijebu Igbo but eventually completed his primary school education at St. John Modern School, Lagos. He then attended evening classes at Igbobi College while working as a licensing agent. After which he took courses in Business Management at Pitman College, London
The former Senator was awarded a Honourary PhD by the unaccredited, diploma-mill Cambridge Graduate University, located in Massachusetts, at a privately organised ceremony in Lagos, Nigeria.
In 1998, Kashamu was arrested in the United Kingdom on drugs-related charges after trying to enter the country with $230,000 in cash. He was acquitted and released in 2003. British authorities refused a US extradition request on drugs charges, citing concerns about his identity, however Nigerian authorities announced their intention to deport him to the US on multiple occasions.
He served as a Senator representing Ogun East in the 8th National Assembly after winning the Ogun east senatorial seat on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP) by beating his closest rival Prince Dapo Abiodun of the All Progressive Congress (APC).
Senator Kashamu was the Vice-Chairman of the Senate Committee on States and Local Government.
He was also appointed as the chairman, Organization and Mobilization Committee of the PDP in the South West zone of Nigeria.
Senator Buruji Kashamu’s marriage to successful businesswoman, Rosemary Osula (Rosula) ended in chaos with controversy that dragged on the front pages of news papers for months. The affair resulted in a “pregnancy”, and eventual “birth” of a set of twins. Kashamu, excited by the birth of the twins, hosted a lavish party in Ijebu-Igbo, to herald their arrival.
Few months after, the bubble burst, and it was revealed that Rosula had actually sourced the children from different towns. Kashamu was devastated. He descended on Rosula and forced her to vomit all the resources he invested in the pregnancy, including the money she collected for her ante-natal.
In 2018, while still serving as Senator he was expelled from the People’s Democratic Party, The decision was later voided by an Abuja High Court in October
In the 2019 elections, he contested as governor of Ogun state on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and lost against Dapo Abiodun of the All Progressives Congress in distance 4th.
Senator Kashamu was the founder of Western Lotto Limited, one of Nigeria biggest lottery operators.
He had a long standing feud with former President Olusegun Obasanjo who accused Kashamu of many atrocities and also described him me as an unashamed criminal in a letter to then president, Goodluck Jonathan in 2013
Along with about 1000 loyalists, Kashamu deflected to the ruling APC in September, 2019
He was a close pal of Senator Ben Murray- Bruce. In fact it was Murray-Bruce who announced his death on twitter: “I have just lost my good friend of forever to #COVID19. Until his death, Sen. Buruji Kashamu and I were inseparable. He died today at First Cardiology Consultants, in Lagos. May his gentle soul rest in peace. I pray his family and loved ones the fortitude to bear this heavy loss,”
Kashamu died in Lagos on 8 August 2020 as a result of complications caused by COVID-19 after being admitted in the hospital for several weeks.
He was survived by wife, Susan Buruji Kashamu and daughter Sherifat Kashamu.