By Innocent Anaba
THE Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), will tomorrow, in conjunction withÂ the Lagos State Judiciary organiseÂ a valedictory court session for its former National Publicity Secretary, the late Chief Gani Fawehinmi (SAN), at the Lagos High Court, Igbosere.
NBA, in a statement by its Assistant National Publicity, Secretary, Mr. Gbolahan Gbadamosi, said aside theÂ NBA President, Chief Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN), who willÂ leadÂ the Bar, the Attorney-GeneralÂ of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Chief MichaelÂ Aondoakaa (SAN); LagosÂ State Governor, Mr. BabatundeÂ Fashola (SAN) and LagosÂ StateÂ Attorney- GeneralÂ and CommissionerÂ for Justice, Mr. SupoÂ Shasore (SAN), are also expectedÂ to pay theirÂ tributes toÂ the fallen legal icon.
All the chairmen of the threeÂ branches in Lagos State, (Lagos, Ikeja and Ikorodu) are to deliverÂ speeches while senior members of the Bar areÂ expectedÂ to be there to payÂ their last respects to Fawehinmi.
NBA added that members of the legal profession are expected to be fully- robbed duringÂ the solemnÂ ceremony.
In addition, a condolence registers have been opened at the NBA Headquarters in Abuja and its liasion office in Lagos while all the 88 branches nationwide have been directed by Akeredolu to open condolence registers for members.
Meanwhile, Chief Joe-Kyari Gadzama (SAN), Chairman, Section on Public Interest and Development Law (SPIDEL) ofÂ NBA, in his tribute said, â€œChief Gani, the legendary septuagenarian legal icon was a man of many parts. His was a success story in almost everything he did. The Nigerian Weekly Law Reports series has no match. The various law books on diverse areas of the law are a must-buy or a must-read for all legal practitioners in the country.
â€œThe degree of audacity and courage he exhibited in his war against human rightsâ€™ abuses and military despotism/tyranny/cruelty was unprecedented.
“He was upright, principled, and philosophical about manâ€™s existence on the planet earth. His antecedents on the path of the struggle to uplift our moral standards, the crusade against corruption and fight against the exploitation of the poor/oppressed by the rich or the elites in Nigeria and above all, his consistent opposition dogged stance on national/tropical issues against government and his colleagues are all unforgettable,” he added.
â€œThe indelible marks of his giant strides on the sands ofÂ time will for ever remain in our memories. He endeared lawyers and non lawyers alike to his style of doing things. We loved him but God Almighty loves him more. We pray for those he mentored to give us some other Ganis and other Fawehinmis; to immortalizeÂ him. Adieu Chief. May your gentle soul rest in perfect peace. Amenâ€, he said.