TRIBUTES TO GANI
CNPP blames Gani’s death on incessant incarceration
ABUJAâ€”The Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) yesterday attributed the death of late Lagos lawyer and social crusader, Chief Gani Fawehinmi to series of incarcerations he suffered under the military dictatorship and other anti-democratic forces in the country.
The CNPP also appealed to the Federal Government to name new Headquarters of Appeal Court Abuja, after the late legal icon in view of his selfless upliftment of the temple of justice and contribution to jurisprudence in Nigeria.
Chairman of the CNPP, Alhaji Balarabe Musa who stated this in a condolence message in Abuja, described Chief Gani as peoples lawyer, Senior Advocate of the Masses (SAM), defender of the defenseless and voice of the voiceless.
The message reads, â€œPermit us, to start by extending our sincere condolences to all Nigerians for the demise of the Peoples Lawyer, Senior Advocate of the Masses, defender of the defenseless, voice of the voiceless, foremost counsel of the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP), Chief Gani Fawehinmi (SAN).”
â€œHis death at 71 cannot be far from the incarcerations and other repressive ordeals he went through under the Military dictatorship and other conservative anti-democrats in Nigeria.”
â€œWe appeal for the Naming of the New Headquarters of Appeal Court Abuja after Chief Gani Fawehinmi in view of his selfless upliftment of the temple of justice and contribution to jurisprudence in Nigeria.”
Enahoro, Onovo mourn Gani
ABUJAâ€”Elder statesman and convener of the Mega Summit Movement, Chief Anthony Enahoro, has condoled with the family of Chief Gani Oyesola Fawehinmi, who passed on Saturday in Lagos, saying Gani made unimaginable sacrifices for Nigerians.
Enahoro made the disclosure just as the Inspector General of police, Ogbonna Okechukwu Onovo described Chief Fawehinmi as not only a friend of the police, but also an accomplished human rights activist.
According to a statement, yesterday, Chief Enahoro said: “Gani Fawehinmi, has always been an inspiration to the progressive movement since he first metÂ him in the 80â€™s; serving as the rallying point of the peoplesâ€™ struggles at various times and making unimaginable sacrifices on each occasion of his rare intervention.
Continuing, the octogenarian politician who chairs the Pro National Conference Organisation, PRONACO; of which Gani Fawehinmi, also made invaluable contributions, alongside literary Icon, Prof Wole Soyinka and late Beko Ransome Kuti said, â€œGive my sympathy to Ganiâ€™s familyÂ without fail, and also ensure that our people are there to commiserate with the family.â€
â€œThe peoplesâ€™ constitution of PRONACO, among other good works of Gani, is a testimony that he lived an illustrious life. You people must be ready to advance the cause of the people beyond his timeâ€
On the part of the Onovo, a statement signed by ACP Emmanuel Ojukwu , Force Public relations officer said, â€œThe IGP, Ogbonna Okechukwu Onovo and the entire personnel of the Nigeria Police deeply mourn the death of Chief Gani Fawehinmi (SAN)â€.
â€œAs a friend and foremost human rights activist, his invaluable contribution will be greatly missed at this time the Nigeria police force is repositioning for better service delivery to the nation. The Nigeria Police force prays for the repose of his soul and wishes his family the fortitude to bear the lossâ€.
….As clerics lament demise
LAGOSâ€”CHRISTIAN leaders yesterday joined millions of Nigerians to mourn the passage of Lagos lawyer and the most consistent social crusader, Chief Gani Fawehinmi who died on Saturday as a result of lung cancer, saying there is no Nigerian like him.
While former presidential aspirant on the platform of Fresh Democratic Party, FDP, and the founder of Household of God Church, Rev. Chris Okotie responded in an interview, erstwhile vice president of Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Bishop Mike Okonkwo, and former Super Eagles defence marshal, Pastor Taribo West expressed their feelings at a special thanksgiving service to mark the 64th birthday anniversary of Bishop Mike Okonkwo.
Though they all believe that death is an inevitable price every individual must pay, all the Christian clerics expressed shock at the death of the Senior Advocate f the Masses, saying however, that his death during Ramadan is an indication that his earthly labour has not been in vain.
Speaking at a service to mark his 64th birthday at the Redeemed Evangelical Mission, TREM, in Lagos, Bishop Okonkwo described the death as a great loss to the nation, saying that he was one of the most consistent crusaders for the masses of the nation.
â€œGanu Fawehinmi is one of the heroes I think that this nation should hold in very high esteem but unfortunately death is something that none of us can run away from,â€ he told reporters, adding that obviously, the legacy he is leaving behind will outlive him.
According to ace defender, Pastor West, who was at the TREM headquarters to celebrate with the presiding bishop of the church, said â€œwe have lost one of our prolific leaders in the area of counsellor to this nation.
â€œI feel bad and I feel sad that he is leaving at a time he needed most in this country and may his gentle soul rest in peace,â€ he added, praying God to grant the immediate family the fortitude to bear the loss at this time of Ramadan.
Rev. Okotie likened the death of Chief Fawehinmiâ€™s death, with whom he shared several things in common (both of them are lawyers and contested the last presidential elections on different political parties platform), to dark clouds enveloping the nation.
The founder of Household of God Church said: â€œThe dismal clouds have today expressed their grief in tearful outpourings for Nigeria. Ah! The great myrmidon of the people, Chief Gani Fawehinmi lies in somnolent quietude. Wee hail! We hail!! We hail!!!â€
Ijaw declare 7-day mourning
Group has urged the people of the Niger Delta to observe a 7-day mourning period in honour of the late lawyer and human rights activist, Chief Gani Fawehinmi (SAN).
In a statement by Coordinator of the group, Comrade Joseph Evah, Niger Delta leader described the death of Chief Fawehinmi as â€œa sad chapter in the history of African peopleâ€™s struggle against bad governance, poor leadership and corruption.
Gani was born at the right time, but he died at the wrong time in the continent of Africaâ€.
â€œWe mourn one of the greatest defenders of the Niger Delta struggle who was the lawyer of Ken Saro-wiwa and the Ogonis during the Abacha junta. We mourn today because God took Gani away without a replacement.
We pray that God gives us a replacement before the evil rulers of Africa consume us with hunger, frustration, disease and conflictsâ€, Evah said.
…As PPA mourns
ABUJAâ€”THE acting National Chairman of the Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA), Lisa Olu Akerele has described the life of late Chief Gani Fawehinmi as that which was full of struggle to liberate the common man from the hands of oppressors.
Speaking on his death yesterday in Abuja, Akerele who noted that people like Fawehinmi were not many, stressed that only a very few people like him could abandon life of comfort â€œwith an intention to fight oppressors even when they were comfortable on their own.â€
Meanwhile, former Governor of Cross River State and immediate past National Chairman of PPA, Chief Clement Ebri, who described the death of Fawehinmi as the death of an era and a challenge to those still alive, urged the Federal Government to immortalize him by naming a monument an institution after him.
According to Akerele, â€œOnly very few Nigerians could do what he has done. We in the PPA salute his courage and resolve to fight tyranny in whatever form. No wonder he was given the title of SAM by the Nigerians students to show their support for a man without blemish.”
â€œHe was incorruptible and a family man who stood for what is good. Now, who will step into his shoes? Who will take over from where he stopped?
â€œWho will stand by the Nigerian people and not use them to curry favour from government. â€œWhere is the man, who will be ready to stand by the poor even when he is comfortable? Where can we find another Gani who will call a spade a spade?
â€œWhen can we get another Gani who will be incorruptible? A man who will be loved by the heavens as demonstrated by the people and be hated by the hell as personified by the successive government in Nigeria?
â€œIndeed, it is a mourning time for the country. But for Gani, it is a triumphant exit from the land of sinners. In fact, an elephant has fallenâ€.
Daniel expresses shock over Gani’s death
ABEOKUTAâ€”GOVERNOR Olugbenga Daniel has expressed shock at the death of Chief Gani Fawehinmi, describing him as one of the greatest Africans and foremost legal luminaries.
Daniel in a statement issued in Abeokuta said â€œeven though he battled with cancer, we have fervently prayed and hoped that he would survive the ailment.
â€œHowever we thank the good Lord for his unique service to humanity. Never in the history of legal practice in Higeria have we had such a fiery, passionate and revolutionary lawyer like Gani Fawehinmi.
â€œTill he breathed his last, he fought for the masses and was always charting a course for better Nigeria. His prolific writings, especially Nigeria Law Reports tremendously helped in advancing the rule of law.
â€œIn politics he made a giant stride as he also did in the area of philanthropyâ€.
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