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NBA, Lagos hold special court session for Gani

By Innocent Anaba
THE Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), will tomorrow, in conjunction with  the Lagos State Judiciary organise  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 the  NBA President, Chief Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN), who will  lead  the Bar, the Attorney-General  of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Chief Michael  Aondoakaa (SAN); Lagos  State Governor, Mr. Babatunde  Fashola (SAN) and Lagos  State  Attorney- General  and Commissioner  for Justice, Mr. Supo  Shasore (SAN), are also expected  to pay their  tributes to  the fallen legal icon.

All the chairmen of the three  branches in Lagos State, (Lagos, Ikeja and Ikorodu) are to deliver  speeches while senior members of the Bar are  expected  to be there to pay  their last respects to Fawehinmi.

NBA added that members of the legal profession are expected to be fully- robbed during  the solemn  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) of  NBA, in his tribute said, “Chief 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.

“The degree of audacity and courage he exhibited in his war against human rights’ abuses and military despotism/tyranny/cruelty was unprecedented.

“He was upright, principled, and philosophical about man’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.

“The indelible marks of his giant strides on the sands of  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 immortalize  him. Adieu Chief. May your gentle soul rest in perfect peace. Amen”, he said.


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