BREAKING: Frederick Fasehun dies at 83

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BREAKING: Frederick Fasehun dies at 83

By Olusegun Adeosun

The founder of Oodua People’s Congress ,OPC, Dr. Frederick Fasehun, is dead.

He reportedly died in the early hours of Saturday at the Intensive Care Unit of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja.

According to reports ,the octogenarian had been admitted at the Unit since Tuesday.

Confirming his death , Adeoye Jolaosho, Fasehun’s spokesman, said the late OPC founder was confirmed dead after a brief illness. “It is true, baba died this morning at the ICU in LASUTH, Ikeja,” he said.

Meanwhile, the executive member, Human and Environment Development Agenda (HAEDA), Nelson Ekunjimi, described him as good elder statesman, who has done his part in taking Nigeria to better heights.

“I think Dr. Federick Faseun has played his part in the fulfillment of life,” he said.

Born in 1938 in Ondo state, Fasehun, a Nigerian medical doctor studied at Blackburn College and furthered his education at Aberdeen University College of Medicine.

He also studied at the Liverpool Postgraduate School after which he had a Fellowship at the Royal College of Surgeons.

In 1976, he studied acupuncture in China under a joint World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Development Scholarship Programme.

In 1977, he set up an Acupuncture Unit at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH). He resigned in 1978 and immediately set up the Besthope Hospital and Acupuncture Centre in Lagos. The Acupuncture Centre once earned a reputation as Africa’s first for the Chinese medical practice.

The OPC is a Yoruba-based organization formed to actualise the annulled mandate of Moshood Abiola, a Yoruba who won the presidential election of 12 June 1993 but was barred from office.

Fasehun was imprisoned for 19 months from December 1996 to June 1998 during the military rule of Sani Abacha, only ending 18 days after Abacha’s death.

Tributes are expected to start pouring in as the family plans  to announce funeral programme.

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