Former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode has described late Chief Anthony Enahoro as a titan who started the process that culminated in Nigeria’s independence.
Reacting to the news of the late nationalist’s death, Chief Fani-Kayode said although Chief Enahoro’s motion for independence failed in the Federal House of Assembly in 1953, that attempt was the beginning of a historical achievement that brought about the independence
His words: “Chief Anthony Enhoro was a titan. He started the process for the fight for Nigeria’s independence by attempting to move the motion for our independence in the Federal House of Assembly in 1953.
“Though his motion failed and was not passed by Parliament, there can be no doubt that he kicked off the whole process and opened the door for our eventual emancipation from the British in 1960.”
According to him, the late Chief Enahoro spent his entire life in the fight for social justice in the country.
“Throughout his life he was at the very heart and soul of the fight for liberation against both external and internal colonialism right from the days of the Action Group in the ‘50’s and ‘60’s when he was a faithful and steadfast loyalist of the great Chief Obafemi Awolowo, through to the time of NADECO in the 90’s where he fought for the realisation of the mandate of Chief Moshood Abiola’s June 12th 1993 election and led the fight against the dictatorship and tyranny of General Sani Abacha.
“Up until his death, Enahoro continued to fight for the people and for the restructuring of the Federation. He believed in Nigeria but he also believed that in order for Nigeria to continue as one nation into the distant future, true federalism had to be established and the yearnings and aspirations of the various nationalities that make up our great country had to be honoured and respected.”
Chief Fani-Kayode said that the present generation must continue the fight from where Chief Enahoro left off and continue until Nigerians become truly free from all the factors that bugged the nation down.
“His words, “He (Enahoro) has left us now and passed on and those of us in the next generation will continue that fight and take it to the logical conclusion.
“Enahoro was a great man. He was a man of honour. He was a man of unimpeachable integrity and courage and we will miss his regular contributions to our national discourse immensely.”