Last week on Monday, 9th April, 2018, the Nigerian and international community of activists was jolted with rude shock of sudden the death of Comrade Olawale Salami familiarly called by all as the Don of Aluta and he had since been buried according to the combined rites of Islam and activism on Tuesday, 10th April, 2018. A perplexing death coming almost immediately after the celebration of his Fiftieth years of sojourn on mother earth on Saturday, 24th March, 2018.
A coalition of rights groups from across all corners of the country under the aegis of Friends of Don (FoD) has however resolved to team up with the family of the deceased to mark the Eight Day Fidau, the final respect and prayers for the soul of a departed person in Islam. The programme would take place in the deceased residence at 14, Ifelodun Street, off CKC Church, Alimosho Shasha, Lagos on Tuesday, 17th April, 2018. The programme which shall commence at 10.00am shall feature Islamic prayers and fraternal tributes from activists groups within Nigeria and outside on the rare attributes of Comrade Olawale Salami Don as a humanist fighter.
Comrade Don was a great loss to the Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership (CACOL) because even with his intimidating revolutionary credentials, he was one of the earliest compatriots to believe in the need for the establishment of CACOL even when a host of others never gave the then Coalition against Corrupt Leaders a chance to survive. He helped CACOL at that initial stage to manage its online contact and correspondences. Don served as volunteer worker at various capacities even before, as fate would later compel it, that he had to be a full-time staff of the organisation wherein he was serving as the Director of Research, Programmes and Documentation (DRP). He turned out to be the most diligent and committed worker, and the intellectual backbone of the Centre until death snatched him away on that black Monday, the 9th day of April, 2018. Whatever may be the plans of death, history has shown us that no revolutionary activist die with his ideas. Don’s ideas shall definitely outlive him in our hearts and actions
ADIEU OUR DARLING COLLEAGUE, CO-TRAVELLER IN THE CRUSADE TO MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE. A REVOLUTIONARY HUMANIST REST IN POWER
Executive Chairman, CACOL