By Anayo Okoli
Aba-IN Aba, the commercial capital of Abia state, a coalition of civil rights groups in conjunction with Aba branch of Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) held a memorial programme just as Gani was being buried in his Ondo home.
At the ceremony held at Aba Bar Centre, various individuals, including religious leaders, traditional rulers, civil rights groups paid tributes to the late legal icon.
Chairman of Isiala Ngwa Local Government Area,Â Chief Anthony Agbazuere, in his address, described Gani as â€œthe apostle of non-violence and epitome of legal professionâ€. He said Gani did everything within his power to fightÂ corruption in the country.
â€œAll that were done including wicked maneuvers by military juntas and their political wolves to deter this social crusader came to naught as tribulations after tribulations strengthened and emboldened Gani instead of weakening him.
â€œGani was subjected by various governments to all manner of traumatic travails and prosecutions. He was arrested 32 times between 1969 and 1998.
He was charged to court 18 times for politically motivated offences including treason, and was jailed once before his imprisonment was terminated and quashed by the Court of Appeal. Gani was detained several times in different prisons across Nigeria. He also suffered 23 police detentions between 1969 and 1998â€, he said.
Agbazuere accused the military of killing Gani and wondered why they are part of the Nigerians who are today extolling the virtues of Gani.