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Five kilometres walk for Gani

By Kingsley Adegboye

THE Committee for Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) and other civil society organisations  defied the heavy down pour in Lagos to walk about five kilometres in honour of the late legal luminary and human rights crusader.

Members of the civil society organisations who thronged the CDHR secretariat situated at Adeniyi Jones Street, Ikeja as early as 8am departed to the late legal luminary and human rights crusader house at GRA Ikeja at about 10am despite the heavy rain.

The walk which went through Ikeja under bridge to Oba Akinjobi road and Remi Fani-Kayode Avenue ended at Fawehinmi’s residence at 9A Ademola Close in GRA, Ikeja.

The mood at Ikeja GRA, home of Chief Gani Fawehinmi (SAN) who passed on in the early hours of Saturday remained that of people wearing long faces Sunday, obviously showing they were mournful.

A good morning to residents and visitors to the house was responded to by a nod of  the head without verbal reaction. All one heard visitors saying was sorry, sorry which was responded to by nods  from family members of the late Chief.

It was also observed  that scores of Nigerian masses trooped to the residence of Chief Fawehinmi to pay their condolence to the family of the late human rights activist even as many of his fellow activists vowed to continue where he stopped in activism.

The Committee for Defense of Human Rights, (CDHR) and National Conscience Party (NCP), the Political Party which Chief Fawehinmi founded said they were not deterred by the death of the late human rights fighter, pointing out that prominent Nigerians were not friends to him throughout Gani life.

According to the activists, the masses were the only friends he had and he duly identified with them even to the point of death. “The only thing we owe him is to continue where he stopped. Let us continue to live the kind of life he lived so that we can restore hope to the masses,’‘ said the First NCP General Secretary, Comrade Femi Aborishade during his condolence visit.

In his comment, CDHR National Secretary Gbenga Sonoki said the late activist was prepared to die, adding that Gani told them in March that he was going to battle the cancer.

He said doctors had told him it was a terminal disease and he said he was prepared to fight on. “If he was able to fight on his sick bed, how much more those of us who are hearty and healthy. He was irreplaceable and we shall definitely miss him.

“However, we shall continue to put to practice whatever we have learnt under him. He has taught us to live for the masses and we are ready to demonstrate this at all times till we are able to have a Nigeria of his dream where the hopes of Nigerians will be restored,’‘ he said.


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