By Emeka Mamah
Kaduna â€” The National Union of Textile Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria (NUTGTWN) has urged the Federal Government to confer the highest national honour to late Lagos lawyer, Chief Gani Fawehinmi, posthumously.
General Secretary of the union, Comrade Issa Aremu, who made this known said that although Gani had rejected the conferment of such an honour on him earlier by President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua, the government should do so now because of his contributions to the growth of the country.
Aremu made this suggestion as Senator Abubakar Girei lamented that Gani should not have died at this point in time when the nation needs incorruptible people like him.
Aremu stated, â€œChief Gani Fawehinmi (SAN) died in the early hours of Saturday, 5th of September 2009 in a Lagos hospital, marking the eternal exit of one of the remaining Africaâ€™s progressive advocates and patriots.
â€œGaniâ€™s death coming on the heal of the burial of professor Onaige, radical former Sociologist of University of Jos and the death of Dr Tajudeen Abdulrahamn in Nairobi, Kenya, Nigeriaâ€™s progressive community is in long season of deep mourning.
â€œMany are enlisted in the resistance against underdevelopment, bad governance and oppression. But very few actually had the staying power,â€ he added.