Fresh report reaching NEWS FLAKES NG as at PRESS TIME has it that the founder of the Oodua Peoples Congress, OPC, Frederick Fasehun is dead.
It was learnt that he died in the late hours of Friday at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja.
He was admitted at the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital on Tuesday where he remained until his demise.
Confirming his death, Fasehun’s Spokesman, Mr. Adeoye, said the late OPC founder was confirmed dead after a brief illness.
“It is true, baba died last night at the ICU in LASUTH, Ikeja,” he said.
Fasehun was born in Ondo Town, Ondo State in 1935.
He was a medical doctor and hotel owner and was responsible for the recent revival of the Unity Party of Nigeria, a party formed by the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo in the 1970s.
According to an official statement announcing the death of the late Chief, Mr Kayode Fasehun, a senior family member, noted that he was born on September 21, 1935, in Ondo State, Nigeria, and died at the age of 83. The statement added that “He died peacefully in the early hours of Saturday 1st December, 2018, at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) after a brief illness”.
Dr. Fasehun was educated at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, and graduated as a medical professional after obtaining his first degree. He was a specialist in four branches of medicine: Anesthesiology, Acupuncture, Medicine and Surgery, thus becoming West Africa’s first acupuncturist. He worked for many years at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) where he rose through the ranks to become an authority in the medical profession. He was later awarded a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD.) degree.
Amongst his many other endeavours, Dr. Fasehunwas the founder of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC), a pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, Besthope Hospitals and Century Hotels, Lagos. He later founded Frederick Isiotan Fasehun Foundation (FIFF), a non-governmental organization which has security, unity and health as its core agenda.
He was active in the Nigerian political spacefor many years and was one of the founding fathers of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) on which platform he became a presidential aspirant.
Dr. Fasehun was a renowned freedom fighter and an icon for social justice, a stance that earned him 19 months of solitary confinement at the Intercentre (a prison facility built in the Ikoyi Cemetery) under the former military Head of State, General Sani Abacha in 1996. He later served in other prison facilities across the country including the Kuje Prison, Abuja,and a few other detention centres.
Shortly before his death, Dr. Fasehun, on the platform of his Foundation (FIFF), laid the foundation stone for Africa’s first University of Security, Management and Technology (USMT) in his hometown, Ondo, as a measure against pressing security challenges in the continent.