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Family Faults Tinubu’s Omission of Fasehun From June 12 Heroes List

The family of Dr Frederick Fasehun, the late founder of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), has expressed their discontent with President Bola Tinubu’s omission of Fasehun from the list of June 12 heroes mentioned in his Democracy Day address.

In a statement issued by Remi Fasehun, son of the late OPC leader, the family criticized President Tinubu for what they described as an ungrateful and unpardonable oversight.

Remi Fasehun highlighted his father’s significant contributions to the democracy movement in Nigeria, noting that Tinubu himself was a direct beneficiary of Dr Fasehun’s activism.

He said, “The President was a beneficiary of our father’s activism and sacrifice for democracy. Not only were they in the trenches together, but Fasehun helped Tinubu to escape into exile. In fact, it is on record that, when General Sani Abacha’s squad surrounded Senator Abraham Adesanya’s residence, where they held a meeting, Tinubu mounted the back of Fasehun and jumped the fence to flee into hiding and subsequently into exile.

“Several people, who escaped from the country into exile and joined NADECO-Abroad, including Pa Anthony Enahoro, were personally taken by boat and bush paths, through the NADECO Route, by Dr. Fasehun. He was at a point the link between Pa Enahoro-NADECO and NUPENG, the union that played a pivotal role in that struggle.

“He was thrown into prison several times by the General Sani Abacha junta, in Kirikiri, Ilorin and Kuje. At the infamous Inter Centre in Ikoyi Cemetery, he was held incommunicado for several months, an experience that inflicted immense damage on him physically and psychologically, to the extent of leaving his vision impaired for life.

“His family and businesses paid dearly for his struggle for democracy. Today, his wife and children still pay the price of their father’s sacrifice to birth the democracy Nigeria has today.”

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