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Reactions trail Gani’s death

By Anayo Okoli, Chidi Nkwopara, Dennis Agbo & Vincent Ujumadu

Reactions have continued to trail the death of human rights crusader and advocate, Chief Gani Fawehinmi (SAN).

Speaker of Ebonyi State House of Assembly, Mr Austin Nwankwegu on his part said that the death of Gani is a huge loss Nigeria and the bar in particular.

An  Abakaliki based lawyer, Mr. Anthony Okah, described the death of Gani Fawehinmi as God’s magical creation, whose demise is a a loss to the world, adding that people like the late Fawehinmi make appearances on this earth once in a generation.

The immediate past Deputy Governor of Imo State, Chief Ebere Udeagu, described the death of Chief Gani Fawehinmi (SAN) as “a colossal loss to not only his immediate family but to the legal profession and Nigeria as a whole”.

In his reaction, Imo State Chairman, Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Chief Fidel Onyeneke, sent his heart-felt sympathy to the Fawehinmi family, urging them not to grieve like people without hope.

Abia state chapter of National conscience Party (NCP),the party founded by late Fahemnmi said, “we mourn the passing on to eternity glory of our founder and moving spirit, Chief Gani Fawehinmi. Abia NCP regrets that Gani died at a time when Nigeria’s democracy is under siege by enemies of the open society. Of course, Abia NCP will greatly miss him”.

International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law,  described the death of
Chief Gani Fawehinmi as a great loss to humanity. The Anambra state based group, described Gani as Nigeria’s greatest legal iconoclast, rule of law icon and human rights cicero.

“As a lawyer, Gani belonged to different jurisprudential schools, including Natural School, which created natural and social justices, which gave birth to equity and civil liberties; positivist school, which believed in the letters  and efficacy of the law; sociological school, which believed in making law actionable via instruments of its enforcement; and customary school, which believed in the incorporation of local contents in our body of laws, within the confines of the repugnancy test or doctrine”, it said.


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