By Ola Ajayi
IBADAN – Chief Folake Solanke, first female Senior Advocate of Nigeria, has said Nigerians should reflect on the life of the human right activist and Lagos lawyer, Chief Gani Fawhinmi and retrace their steps to the path of righteousness.
Describing the fallen legal icon as a rare gift to the country, she said she was surprised to see the arch-enemies of the lawyer when he was alive shedding crocodile tears and had suddenly turned his friend at death. The nation would never get anyone like Fawehinmi again, she said.
Speaking with newsmen in Ibadan, the eloquent legal luminary said, â€œGani was a very special person. He was unique and people were wondering whether Nigeria can get another Gani but I tell you, we can never get another like him again. He was an extraordinary gift to Nigeriaâ€.
She stressed that whatever the Federal Government would do for him would serve as an addition as she noted further that the deceased had immortalized himself with the meritorious service he had rendered to mankind.
â€œWhen I now see people who were his foes when he was alive suddenly turning to be his friend after his death and shedding crocodile tears in his house, I marvelled at the utter depravity of humanity and the decay that human beings can harbour in their hearts.
â€œOne thing is that Nigerians should reflect on his life to retrace their way back to the path of righteousness, justice, elimination of poverty and scholarshipâ€
On the contribution of the late lawyer to legal profession, she hinted that he hadÂ revolutionized law reports in Nigeria.
â€œHis weekly publications had become a veritable reference points for the Bar, the Bench and the law students across the world. He has done so much for the country, she said emphatically.”