By Taye Obateru
Jos â€” Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau State has joined other Nigerians in extolling the virtues of Chief Gani Fawehinmi, describing him as a patriotic and courageous Nigerian who added value to the countyâ€™s development.
The governor said in a press statement signed by his media aide, James Mannok that his death is a major blow to national development considering his contribution to national discourse.
He also described him as â€œa model whose views will be greatly missed especially at this stage of the nationâ€™s journeyâ€ and urged the family to take solace in his legacies as a social critic and legal icon which would remain indelible in the hearts of many Nigerians.
Similarly, an Action Congress (AC) member of the Plateau State House of Assembly, Mr. James Damla described the late legal icon as a role model who inspired many young Nigerians.
â€œHe has been a role model for people like us that believe in his ideals and the only thing that can make Gani sleep in peace is for us to continue with the struggle,â€ he said.
A Jos-based rights group the League for Human Rights through its Director, Shamaki Gad Peter said Nigeria has lost an icon and an advocate for the masses.
He urged the government to honour him by upholding the Rule of Law and social justice,adding, â€œI look forward to having many more human rights activists on board.â€