OPC Founder Frederick Fasehun Dies
The founder of the Yoruba nationalist organisation, Odua Peoples Congress (OPC), Dr Frederick Fasehun, is dead.
Fasehun died at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) in the early hours of Saturday after a brief illness was 83.
In a statement confirming his passing, Fasehun’s family said he died peacefully.
Describing him as a “renowned freedom fighter and icon for social justice”, the family recalled how he was jailed for years for his beliefs and the actions that they inspired him to take.
Fasehun, a medical doctor, had formed the OPC in reaction to the annulment of the June 12, 1993, presidential election. He was also a prominent member of the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO).
It was as a result of his activities aimed at overturning the annulment of the election and ensuring that Moshood Abiola was sworn in as President, Fasehun was jailed by the General Sani Abacha regime in 1996 and he remained incarcerated until 1998 after Abacha’s death.
His trials did not change his belief and his family explained in their statement that he recently took steps towards finding solutions to security challenges through his foundation, the Frederick Isiotan Fasehun Foundation (FIFF).
“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,” the family said.
The Fasehun family expressed gratitude for the good wishes of friends, associates, and well-wishers.
Born in Ondo State on September 21, 1935, Fasehun studied science at Blackburn College and obtained his first degree in medicine from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. He received further training at the Liverpool Postgraduate School, Royal college of Surgeons before going to study acupuncture in China in 1976.
He would go on become a specialist in Anesthesiology, Acupuncture, Medicine and Surgery.
Apart from birthing OPC and his foundation, Fasehun established Besthope Hospitals and Century Hotels, Lagos.
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