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We must not let Gani die – NAS

*Oluremi Obasanjo condoles family

THE death of Gani Fawehinmi was received with shock, trepidation and despair by the National Association of Seadogs (NAS), according to a statement by NAS Cap ‘n’ Emmanuel Bassey.

The statement said: “The reason for this is not far-fetched: the country has lost one of its most courageous, fearless, tireless, and most committed defenders of the common man, peoples’ rights, justice and truth.

“Coming on the heels of the continued subversion of the rule of law by the ruling class; increasing levels of poverty; rising insecurity; flagrant display of ostentatious and ill-gotten wealth by a very small minority; increased social dissention and malaise; massive upsurge in violent crimes and agitations across the polity, and of course, the systemic collapse of core infrastructure across the nation; the death of Fawehinmi is a cause for genuine concern as his was one of the most prominent voices in the vanguard of the struggle against the oppression of the common man, and the violation of the rule of  law by  those in position of authority.”

Meanwhile, Mrs Oluremi Obasanjo has sent a condolence message to the Fawehinmi  family. In a statement signed by her daughter, Senator Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello, she said: “Chief, while alive, was a selfless advocate of people’s rights and a foremost crusader against injustice. He belongs to all parts of the country and would be too willing to take up matters of injustice irrespective of the ethnic origin of the aggrieved.

Without equivocation, chief created an indelible mark for himself in world’s history book. He is an illustrious son of Nigeria, of Africa and this status earned him global acclaim.

His steady, steadfast, and consistent pursuit of the cause of justice even in death remain unblemished. Indeed, he is one of the few principled men to have passed through our clime.”


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