A former Presidential Spokesman, Dr Reuben Abati, says the death of former lawmaker, Senator Buruji Kashamu, has robbed him of his political mentor.
He said with Kashamu’s demise he was now like an orphan.
Abati said this in a statement titled, ‘On the Death of Senator Buruji Kashamu: A Preliminary Comment by Reuben Abati’ on Saturday.
Abati, who was Kashamu’s running mate during the 2019 governorship election in Ogun State, said the late PDP stalwart taught him the basics of partisan politics.
He wrote, “I am completely heartbroken. Senator Buruji Kashamu was my political mentor. Now he is dead at the relatively young age of 62. I feel like an orphan all over again. I may have worked with the PDP government at the federal level, but he was the man who brought me into direct, partisan politics.
“He was one of the most generous men that I have ever known. He was determined to groom me and he did. He taught me the ropes. He linked me with the grassroots. I learnt a lot from him. Senator Kashamu mentored me and others without any strings attached.
“He was a very simple man who was grossly misunderstood by his political opponents. His persona, his politics was indeed grossly misunderstood but those who knew him personally met a man who loved Nigeria dearly and was unapologetically public-spirited.”
Abati said Kashamu’s death was evidence that COVID-19 was real.
The former Presidential aide said Kashamu told him before his death that he was no longer interested in running for office but would continue to mentor and support people to win elections.
Abati added, “He no longer wanted to run for office in 2023, but he made it clear he would support others to achieve their dreams of getting an opportunity to make contributions on the Nigerian stage. And now, he is gone.
“Death is a cruel fact of human reality. It puts an end to life and many things. My heartfelt condolences to Sherifat and her siblings and all members of the Kashamu family, the people of Ijebu Igbo and Ogun State.”