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OPC leader, Fredrick Fasheun is dead

Founder of the Odua Peoples Congress (OPC) and National Chairman of Unity Party of Nigeria.  Dr Fredrick Fasheun is dead.

He reportedly died at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital on Saturday morning.

It was learnt that the octogenarian was admitted at the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital on Tuesday where he remained until his demise.

Confirming the news of  his death, the senior special adviser on media to Fasehun, Adeoye Jolaosho, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

He said”Baba died at about 1a.m. Saturday at the intensive care unit of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital Ikeja.

NAN reports that the late Mr Fasehun was an active member of National Democratic Coalition (NADECO). He died at the age of 83.

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.

He studied science 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, according to Wikipedia.

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

In 1977, he set up an Acupuncture Unit at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital. He resigned in 1978 and immediately set up the Best hope 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 Chief MKO Abiola, 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.

 

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