‘He Was A Large-Hearted Politician’ – Abiodun Mourns Kashamu

A photo combination of Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun and late Senator Buruji Kashamu.
A photo combination of Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun and late Senator Buruji Kashamu.


Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, on Saturday expressed “deep pain and grief” over the passing of Senator Buruji Kashamu.

Kashamu’s death was announced on Saturday after he succumbed to COVID-19 complications, according to former colleague Senator Ben Murray-Bruce said.

In a statement released by his spokesman, Kunle Somorin, Abiodun described Kashamu’s demise as one death too many and a devastating blow to the nation’s political family.

“I received the sad news of the passing of Senator Buruji Kashamu today, 8 August 2020, with a deep pain and grief that words cannot capture. On behalf of my family, the Government, and good people of Ogun State, I convey our deepest condolences,” he said.

“His demise further diminishes the tribe of my close political associates. He was a large-hearted politician and courageous fighter for whatever cause he believed in.

“He was not just a loving personality, a generous giver, and someone who lived for others, he was to many a beacon of hope of a better tomorrow. This painful exit is much more than the end of an individual.”

The governor described the late senator as a phenomenon who was faithful to his principles and convictions and even his critics would attest to his tenacity of purpose.

“Our brother and friend was a consummate politician and patriot who will be sorely missed within and outside Ogun State for his larger than life disposition,” he said.

“Posterity will accord him his due recognition for his legacies of service and forthrightness. He was a worthy Ambassador of Ogun State.

“May Allah forgive and admit him to Aljannah Firdaus and grant the family, friends, and associates the patience to bear this painful loss.”

Ogun Cancels COVID-19 Test Requirements For Returning SS3 Boarding Students

Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, briefing journalists about the recent development of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state.


The Ogun state government has stepped down its stand which held that the COVID-19 test is to be used as a mandatory requirement for returning students in exit classes. 

Governor Dapo Abiodun announced the cancellation of the initial injunction via a Twitter statement on Monday.

In his communique which was titled “Ogun Makes COVID-19 Test Free For All Returning SS3 Boarding Students”, Governor Abiodun further stated that the admittance of students into boarding houses in private secondary schools will be at the discretion of the management and the Parents Teachers Association (PTA) of such private schools.

Parents of pupils in private secondary schools in Ogun had protested over the request of N25,000 COVID-19 test fee by the government, but the governor has assured that the test will now be carried out free of charge for all returning students.

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The governor ordered the Government Laboratories in the state to carry out tests for all returning SS3 boarding students at no cost.

He also directed that all those who have paid for tests be refunded.

According to the governor, the new directive has become imperative because the health of children remains an utmost priority to his administration.

The governor, however, noted that in view of the total number of boarding students to be tested (5,340 private and 500 public), and bearing in mind the limitation of the state’s installed testing capacity of 500 tests per day, it may not be feasible for all boarding students to get tested and get their results prior to the resumption or even exams which commences on 17th August 2020.

He recommended that students who do not have to stay in boarding houses should attend school from home, especially those with underlying health conditions. Adding that face masks will be availed to all students in both private and public schools.

Stay At Home For Sallah, Ogun Governor Advises Residents

A file photo of Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun.


Ogun State has banned all forms of gathering above 20 persons across the state during and after the Eid-El Kabir festive period as parts of efforts to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Governor Dapo Abiodun announced the news on Wednesday as he urged Muslim faithful to observe their individual prayers at home.

The Governor also set August 14 as a tentative date for the re-opening of religious centres across the state.


Final year secondary school students in the state are expected to resume on August 4.

“I understand that Eid-el-Kabir (called Ileya) will be on Friday, 31st July, 2020, but the COVID-19 circumstances will, unfortunately, deter the usual Eid prayers, partying or any other form of gathering of more than 20 persons at a time,” the Governor said while congratulating the Chief Imam of Egbaland, Sheikh Sa’addallah Alade Bamigbola, who made a courtesy visit to Abiodun’s office in Oke-Mosan.

“I thank the entire Muslim Ummah for their thoughtfulness and cooperation as we observe this year’s prayers solemnly and at home with our individual families,” Abiodun added.

According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Ogun state has recorded 1,336 cases of the novel coronavirus and 23 deaths, as of Wednesday evening.


Dapo Abiodun Appoints New Head Of Service In Ogun

A file photo of Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun.



The Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, has appointed Selimot Ottun, as the new Head of Service in the state.

The Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Kunle Somorin, who announced this in a statement on Monday noted that the appointment followed the retirement of the former Head of Service, Amope Chokor.

He described Ottun as an accomplished psychologist, community development expert, and administrator.

According to Somorin, she is the fourth woman to occupy the office and the 17th Head of Service since the creation of the state.

Until her appointment, Ottun was the Permanent Secretary in the Bureau of Political Affairs and Administration.

She had previously served as Permanent Secretary at the State’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism between 2015 and 2019.

While wishing Ottun success in her new assignment, Governor Abiodun asked her to put her vast knowledge in the management of the state civil service to good use.

Ogun State Extends Current Relaxation Of Lockdown


The Ogun state governor, Dapo Abiodun has extended the current relaxation of lockdown being enjoyed by residents of the state by a week with the window of relaxation on Monday,Wednesday and Friday from 7am to 5pm each day till the 31st of this month

Addressing a press conference at his Okemosan office in the state capital, the governor said that the second phase of the relaxation is to commence on the 1st of June,with more opportunities for residents to engage in further business activities.

While decrying the level of compliance in the state which he said has resulted in an increase in community spreading of the coronavirus, he however, noted that more measures are being put in place to increase testing and analysis of samples.

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Below is a full text of the governor’s speech as presented earlier on Friday.

Good people of Ogun State, see highlights of my press briefing on COVID-19 today, 22nd May, 2020 with updates on the lockdown, and response strategies and facilities:

We have experienced the highest increase in the number of cases in the last one week since the index case was recorded.

While we have discharged a total of 36 cases, we recorded 49 new cases in the last one week (with 37% increase), bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 183.

As a testament to the fact that we are set to increase our testing capacity from 450 to 600 per day, the NCDC today arrived the State to certify our Molecular Laboratory in OOUTH, Sagamu.

However, having it in mind that confirmed cases keep increasing due to the flagrant disregard for measures and restrictions, especially the interstate travel ban, we will be maintaining the lockdown window on Monday 25th May, 2020, Wednesday 27th, and ….Friday 29th between 7am (morning) and 5pm (evening).

As an instance, 4 people travelling in from Niger State were intercepted by Officers in Abeokuta four days ago, while 19 people travelling in through illegal land borders from Togo and Cote d’Ivoire were intercepted and quarantined at Idiroko on Wednesday.

But we have charged 224 lockdown and curfew violators to Mobile Courts already.

To enhance our healthcare capacity, we are already renovating select Primary Healthcare Centres across the State, while we have trained 200 personnel with the PHCs & some private health facilities, which would be accredited by the NCDC on the specialised handling  management of the virus. As we include CDAs and community leaders in the training, about 2,500 participants would eventually be trained. Involving our community leaders would increase sensitisation on curbing community spread.

As we prepare for full business operations and further ease of the lockdown which will commence on 1st June, 2020, we have adopted the “See and Treat” protocol, where symptomatic patients would start receiving treatment even before results are out.

I am glad to announce that many establishments with large staff bases have begun carrying out COVID-19 tests, and I am hopeful others would follow suit.

We will commence the third phase of the relief package distribution over the weekend, to cushion the effects of the COVID-19 restrictions.

While this cannot relieve us all due to the restrictions put in place, let’s please be aware that this is the great sacrifice we must all pay to stay alive, as only the human that is alive can pursue their dreams.

I congratulate our Muslim brother and sisters, as we look forward to the successful end of the Ramadan Fast. Our Government aligns with the position of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), whose Secretary General, Professor Is-haq Oloyede, is a proud son of our dear State, and enjoin the Muslim faithful in the State to comply with the Council’s directive to offer their Eid prayers at home.

May Almighty Allah (SWT) keep us to witness many more years of Ramadan.

I appreciate our frontline workers and the entire Ogun State populace for their sacrifices, support and cooperation, including the voluntary humanitarian donations from well-meaning private individuals and organisations.

May we all see the end of the pandemic.

COVID-19: Ogun Extends Lockdown By One Week

Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, briefing journalists about the recent development of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state.


The Ogun state government has once again extended the current lockdown by another one week with windows of relaxation on Monday,Wednesday and Friday from 7am to 5pm to allow residents to restock essential needs and engage in commercial activities.

Addressing journalists during his weekly briefing ,the state governor, Dapo Abiodun said the action is imperative in view of the substantial non compliance with laid down directives of government aimed at flattening the curve of the spread of the pandemic

While asking for total cooperation and understanding of residents,the governor however sounded a note of warning against any forms of sabotage as the state has recorded 134 active cases,5 deaths while 54 patients discharged so far in the state

Sanwo-Olu, Dapo Abiodun, Mourn Kyari


The Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has condoled with President Muhammadu Buhari over the death of his former Chief of Staff, Mallam Abba Kyari, who passed on in the early hours of Saturday.

Sanwo-Olu, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Gboyega Akosile described the death of Mallam Abba Kyari as shocking, painful and a monumental loss to the nation, the people and government of Maiduguri and the Kyari family.

“I received the sad news of the death of Mallam Abba Kyari, an astute public servant with a heavy heart. Mallam Kyari was a dedicated Nigerian, a deeply committed and patriotic citizen, who contributed remarkably to the smooth and successful running of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration,” Sanwo-Olu said.

The governor added that Kyari was a “conscientious, competent, cerebral and outstanding administrator whose life traversed the fields of law, journalism, banking and politics”.

He also said the loss comes at a time when the country is desirous of more deeply patriotic individuals to contribute selflessly towards the development of the country.


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The governor, however, urged President Buhari to take solace in the quality of life lived by Mallam Kyari and his exemplary contribution to the current administration.

He said: “as human beings, the death of a close ally will be painful and devastating, but we must always look back at the beautiful moments one shared with the deceased as well as the legacies left behind by such individual. Therefore, Mr. President should find comfort in the good works done by the late Kyari”

Sanwo-Olu said the country and the immediate community of the deceased would remember him for many years to come.

He also prayed that God grants his soul eternal rest and comforts the families he left behind.

Meanwhile, the Ogun State governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun (MFR), has also expressed shock over the death of Mr Kyari, describing it as a national tragedy.
In a statement personally signed by him on Saturday, Abiodun described Kyari as a good leader and devout Muslim who sacrificed so much in the service of Nigeria.

“This is a national tragedy. Mallam Kyari died in the service of the fatherland. The Chief of Staff was said to have contracted the virus while on an official assignment in Germany. He was confirmed positive to COVID-19 on March 23 and died of complications arising from the virus. So sad,” he said.

“We are extremely saddened by the news of Mallam Abba Kyari’s passing away. He was a detribalised Nigerian, consumate technocrat, gentleman and leading member of President Muhammadu Buhari’s team, for whom we had a lot respect.”

Governor Abiodun also noted that Abba Kyari carried out his duties with a lot of charisma and high intellectual disposition, which earned the office of Chief of Staff a lot of dignity and respect.

Governor Abiodun said of the Cambridge University-trained technocrat: “Today, the dreaded virus, COVID-I9 claimed its biggest victim, our respected friend and an influential figure within the Buhari administration, Mallam Abba Kyari.

“I remember the late Abba Kyari as a great democrat, a thoroughbred administrator, a good party man, a diligent networker and servant leader, whose service orientation could have helped Nigeria to tame the dreaded COVID-19.

“He would have helped in finding solutions to this pandemic. Indeed, Kyari’s passing is a major blow not only to the Buhari presidency but to all of us serving Nigeria at this critical period in our history. It leaves a gaping hole in the administration.”

The governor condoled with the President, family, friends and associates of the deceased over the painful loss.

He also prayed for the repose of his soul, saying: “May the Almighty Allah (SWT) forgive him his sins and be merciful to him. May He (SWT) compensate him with peace in al-Jannah Firdaus.”

Ogun Relaxes COVID-19 Lockdown

Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, briefing journalists about the recent development of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state where 28 persons have been identified and quarantined.


The Ogun state government has relaxed lockdown measures put in place to stem the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

In a tweet on Friday, Governor Dapo Abiodun said residents will have “a window of relaxation” from the renewed 14-day lockdown imposed by the federal government.

On Monday (April 20), Wednesday (April 22) and Friday (April 24), the lockdown will be suspended between 7am and 2pm.

“This means that citizens are expected to remain indoors tomorrow Saturday, April 18, 2020; Sunday, April 19, 2020; Tuesday, April 21, 2020 and Thursday, April 23rd, 2020 as period of the lockdown,” the Governor said.

According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Ogun state has recorded 10 cases of the deadly coronavirus.

The state recorded one new case on Friday.

Meanwhile, neigbouring state, Lagos recorded 32 new cases on Friday and holds the unenviable record of the highest infections in the country at 283 cases.

Governor Dapo Abiodun Vows To Deal Ruthlessly With Criminals

Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, briefing journalists about the recent development of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state where 28 persons have been identified and quarantined.


With the arrest of 150 suspects by the Ogun State Police Command in connection with the series of harassment, robberies, burglaries and cult clashes that occurred within the Agbado Ijaiye, Sango, Ijoko and Ifo axis of the State, Governor Dapo Abiodun has vowed to deal ruthlessly with criminals.

In a statement on Sunday, April 12, the governor said: “It has become expedient that we do not spare the rod and spoil the child. Anybody, no matter whose child he or she is, if found guilty of armed robbery, would be visited with the full weight of the law, including capital punishment”.

The governor urged the police to intensify efforts at curbing the nefarious activities of criminals, asking them to smoke out their hideouts and promptly investigate those involved in the nightmarish activities, not only in Ifo and Ado-Odo local governments but across the State.

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He said the State would avail all other security outfits, including the Department of State Security Service and the armed forces, with necessary material and logistic support to end the reign of terror unleashed by armed robbers on the State.

“I will not hesitate to confirm sentences, even of capital punishment, if that will deter these social misfits. Ogun has zero- tolerance for criminals and we will deal with the venomous measures. Enough is enough,” the governor said.

Governor Abiodun commended the State Police Command for its swiftness and prompt adherence to directive of the State Government to flush out those turning the sit-at-home order to a criminal enterprise.

He further enjoined all other relevant agencies to immediately up the ante of their intelligence gathering mechanisms to ensure that there’s no re-occurrence of the criminal acts, especially as the State continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic.

Governor Abiodun restated the commitment of his government to ensuring that Ogun State is conducive for living and businesses, without fear of criminals and other unscrupulous elements.

According to the governor, these ‘elements’ will not be accommodated within the State.

The governor assured the people that he would not joke with the security of lives and property of citizens and residents alike.

He stressed that his government will continue to give all necessary support to security agencies, as he has done by providing mobility and other working equipment for effective service delivery.

Governor Abiodun enjoined all law-abiding citizens and residents to remain calm and continue to comply with the stay-at-home directive, as the situation is now fully under control.

Easter: We Need Abundance Of Love And Sacrifice, Says Dapo Abiodun

Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, briefing journalists about the recent development of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state where 28 persons have been identified and quarantined.


Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun has said that residents of the state and indeed Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of love and sacrifice.

In his Easter message issued on Sunday by his spokesman, Kunle Somorin, the governor called on the citizens to put their hope on God in the face of the coronavirus pandemic ravaging the world.

According to him, it is only through love and sacrifice toward the good of society that the people could uphold the legacy of Jesus Christ for which he stood for during his life on earth.

“Easter is a period when we engage in a sober recollection of the ultimate and selfless sacrifice of love that Jesus Christ made on our behalf.

“We require the abundance of love and sacrifice to maintain the harmonious and peaceful co-existence amongst the various peoples in our State for which we have come to be known,” the governor said.

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Stressing further, he said the lockdown ordered by the state government to flatten the curve of the coronavirus is one sacrifice that must be made at this period to defeat the pandemic.

This is even as he urged all Nigerians to reflect on the measures put in place by the government, both at federal and state levels to contain the spread of the pandemic.

In doing this, the governor called on the masses to avoid high-density gatherings and by maintaining social distance as prescribed by medical professionals.

While thanking the people for their show of solidarity, he asked all stakeholders to cooperate with health givers in battling COVID-19.

Abule Ado Explosion: Governor Abiodun Commiserates With Victims, Lagos State Govt

Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, briefing journalists about the recent development of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state where 28 persons have been identified and quarantined.


The governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun, has commiserated with the people and government of Lagos State over the unfortunate explosion that claimed scores of lives in Lagos yesterday.

The pipeline explosion, which occurred in Abule-Ado, resulted in the loss of lives and destruction of properties.

Governor Abiodun, in a personal condolence message, sympathised with the families of dead persons, including children and persons who lost properties in the inferno.

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Gov Abiodun emphasised the importance of personal safety in “everything that we do, including where we build our houses, schools and do our businesses” said the disaster would have been averted “if safety rules had been kept”.

In the aftermath, Gov Abiodun urged residents and emergency response/management agencies to do the needful at the disaster site to rescue victims trapped in the rubble and distribute protective equipment.

He also asked them to make the best use of available gear to protect themselves from harmful fumes, decrepit structures and other particles in the atmosphere.

Prince Dapo Abiodun commended the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwoolu, for his prompt response to the tragic incident, and the humanitarian support immediately deployed, which he said were useful to all relevant agencies that coordinated the rescue efforts.

‘He Was A Rising Star,’ Ogun Governor Vows Justice For Slain Remo Stars Player


Ogun State governor Dapo Abiodun has vowed to ensure that justice is served in the investigation of the killing of Remo Stars Football Club player, Tiamiyu Kazeem.

Describing the late footballer as a rising star, Abiodun said the officers involved in the incident have been arrested and will be made to face the full wrath of the law when found guilty.

The governor disclosed this on Tuesday during his visit to the family of the late Kazeem.

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He assured the parents of the slain footballer that the case has gotten the attention of the Inspector General of Police and therefore justice will be served speedily.

“The officers have been arrested and currently detained.

“We sympathise with you. This matter is being investigated at the highest level.

“It is not easy losing a child, especially a child that is a rising star. A dedicated footballer,” Abiodun said.

The governor also promised that such an ugly incident will not be allowed to re-occur in the state.

Kazeem died on Saturday following his arrest by men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

The police claimed that he was knocked down by a vehicle while trying to cross the expressway in order to evade arrest.

However, eyewitness accounts said Kazeem was pushed out of a moving vehicle by police officers, leading to his death.

Meanwhile, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu on Monday ordered the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of the Force Criminal Investigation Division (FCID), DIG Anthony Ogbizi, to investigate the killing of Kazeem.