We didn’t want fundraising for Olajide’s family – Sowore

Omoyele Sowore

Former presidential candidate Omoyele Sowore revealed on Friday that his family did not want any kind of fundraising for his late brother’s family.

Mr Sowore’s younger brother Olajide Sowore was shot dead on September 4 on Ore-Benin Road while returning to the Igbinedion University in Okada, Edo State where he was studying pharmacy. The younger Sowore, who was buried on Thursday in Ondo, is survived by a wife, four children and his extended family.

Returning to Instagram after days of mourning his brother, Sowore thanked his compatriots who gave their token to his brother’s family despite rejection of fundraising.

He said, “Today, I am returning to you ALL for your support, companionship and sympathy extended towards our family over the untimely but gruesome murder of our beloved brother, Olajide Sowore.

“Of particular note are those early callers who commiserated with our family when this dastardly incident broke, we must here specially mention our comrades who took the risk to be physically present at his funeral and those who joined virtually across the world and stayed till my brother was interned at Kiribo, our home town.

“We reserve a special place for pathologists, lawyers and a handful of law enforcement officers who though limited by prevailing incompetence on the police did their personal best to assist the family by fully cooperating to ensure that a befitting burial was done.

“We send our regards to compatriots who defy our family rejection of fundraising to provide their token of support to our brother’s immediate family.

“We are immensely grateful to each and every one who took out tome to drop a comment, salutations and words of encouragement throughout this period.

“Finally we thank the authorities of Igbinedion University in Okada for their generosity in providing a motor hearse to convey our brother to his final resting place.”

Sowore assured that the loss of his brother would not dampen his resolve to “bring about revolutionary change in Nigeria”.