Former President Olusegun Obasanjo said in a condolence letter on Saturday that Buruji Kashamu evaded justice but could not escape death.
The former senator from Ogun State died from COVID-19 complications at a Lagos hospital earlier in the day.
In a letter to Dapo Abiodun, governor of Ogun, Obasanjo said the life of the deceased should be a lesson for all.
It read, “Senator Esho Jinadu (Buruji Kashmu) in his lifetime used the maneuver of law and politics to escape from facing justice on alleged criminal offence in Nigeria and outside Nigeria.
“But no legal, political, cultural, social or even medical maneuver could stop the cold hand of death when the Creator of all of us decides that the time is up.
“May Allah forgive his sin and accept his soul into Aljanah, and may God grant his family and friends fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.”
Kashamu was once declared wanted for drugs in the United States.
Obasanjo and Kashamu were not political friends. Obasanjo had called the former legislator a drug baron.
Kashamu had once said Obasanjo hated him because he rendered the former president irrelevant.
He said in 2014, “The reason I have become the target of Obasanjo’s wicked campaign of calumny and blackmail is his perceived loss of political relevance in Ogun State and the South West. He is against the second term ambition of President Goodluck Jonathan and he had wanted to use the erstwhile National Secretary, Olagunsoye Oyinlola; the former National Auditor, Bode Mustapha and the ex-National Vice-Chairman, Segun Oni, to thwart Mr. President’s re-election.”