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Senator Kashamu Buruji of PDP dies from COVID-19 and 12 things you should know about him

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Senator Kashamu Buruji has died. Buruji died today August 8 after a battle with the novel Coronavirus. He was 62-years-old His former colleague, Senator Ben Murray-Bruce announced his passing on Twitter this evening. ”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.” Murray-Bruce tweeted Senator Buruji represented Ogun East in the 8th National Assembly. May his soul rest in peace, Amen

A former Senator representing Ogun East, Buruji Kashamu, was announced dead on Saturday after suffering from COVID-19 complications.

Senator Murray Bruce announced the senator’s death in a tweet.

Below are few things you probably don’t know about the politician here:

  • Kashamu was born in Ogun State, Nigeria on 19 May 1958.
  • He started his education at Ansarudeen Primary School, Ijebu Igbo and left in 1972 to complete his primary school education at St. John Modern School, Lagos.
  • Kashamu then attended evening classes at Igbobi College while working as a licensing agent.
  • He later went to London where he took courses in Business Management at Pitman College, London.
    Kashamu was awarded a Honourary PhD by the unaccredited, diploma-mill Cambridge Graduate University, located in Massachusetts, at a privately organised ceremony in Lagos, Nigeria.
  • He was a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Ogun State.
  • He contested for the Ogun east senatorial seat and beat his closest rival with a poll of 99,540 votes.
  • The politician was appointed as the chairman, Organization and Mobilization Committee of the PDP in the South West zone of Nigeria.
  • In 2018, he was expelled from the Peoples Democratic Party, a decision later voided by an Abuja High Court in October 2018.
  • He was the flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2019 Ogun State gubernatorial election and lost against Dapo Abiodun of the All Progressives Congress in distance 4th.
  • 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.
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