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Fayemi, Amosun Mourn Ex-NUNS President, Okeowo

Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi and his Ogun State counterpart, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, yesterday mourned the death of a former President of the defunct National Union of Nigerian Students (NUNS), Chief Segun Okeowo, whom they described as a “fearless reformer.” In separate statements issued Wednesday by Fayemi’s Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Mr. Yinka Oyebode, and Amosun’s Senior Special Assistant, Media, Mrs. Funmi Wakama, the governors noted that the late Okeowo was a true hero and dogged pace setter, who should be in the sustained vanguard for a better Nigeria. On his part, Fayemi described Okeowo’s death as the end of an era of a freedom fighter, whose legacy inspired future generations to the defence of the rights of the oppressed. The governor noted that personalities like Okeowo inspired many, including himself to join the students’ union movement as an undergraduate at the University of Lagos (UNILAG), a development which he said, had prepared him for the roles he played as a pro-democracy activist and human rights campaigner, before becoming a governor. Also, Amosun said: “We recall his struggle in 1978 during the ‘Ali Must Go’ saga when he championed the resistance by university students the 50 kobo increment in the price of meals on campuses by the then Supreme Military Council (SMC), an action which was driven by patriotism and selflessness. “No doubt, he was moved by the passion for the well-being and glorious future of Nigerian students, a virtue, which is rare among leaders of today. The death of Chief Segun Okeowo is indeed a great loss to Ogun State in particular and the nation in general.”

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