June 12, 2024

Democracy Heroes: Fasehun’s family tackles Tinubu over omission


Cynthia Alo

The family of Dr. Frederick Fasehun, founder of the Oodua People’s Congress, OPC, has tackled President Bola Ahmed Tinubu over the omission of the late democracy activist from the list of June 12 heroes.

In a statement by the late founder’s son, Mr. Remi Fasehun, the family described the omission of Dr Fasehun in the President’s list as uncharitable, ungrateful and unpardonable.

The family highlighted Dr. Fasehun’s bravery and sacrifices, including helping President Tinubu escape into exile. It also emphasized his leadership in the OPC and his contributions to the democracy movement.

The statement read in part: “The President was a direct beneficiary of our father’s activism and sacrifice for democracy.

“Not only were they in the trenches together, Fasehun helped Tinubu escape into exile. To ignore such an inimitable icon as Dr. Frederick Isiotan Fasehun from any so-called list of June 12 and Democratic Heroes smacks of crass injustice and inexplicable vendetta.”

“We only hope that in the name of fairness and justice, the President will correct this anomaly and place Dr. Fasehun in Nigeria’s democratic Hall of Fame as he very well deserves.

“Truth should not be sacrificed on the altar of politics, however. Dr. Fasehun should be given his well-deserved historical recognition as a true Nigerian Hero of Democracy,” the statement declared.