By Abdulwahab Abdulah
After it was formally closed on Friday, Mohammed Fawehinmi, eldest son of the late human rights lawyer, Chief Gani Fawehinmi, SAN, cleared air over the decision to finally rest the prominent Gani Fawehinmi Chambers in Lagos and any where else in the world.
At the closing ceremony organised by the Chambers, weekend, Muhammed and other senior lawyers in the Chambers told family, friends and clients that it “was shut down based on Chief Gani Fawehinmi’s decision and wishes not to use his name for anything, especially in operation such as his chambers after his death.”
Mohammed, who told the happy but emotional gathering, said, “my father, like you all know, was a principled person. He maintained this in his life time and even in his death. After reviewing why the man would take that painful decision, we came to the conclusion that this was to maintain his principles and keep his integrity and good name intact.
“Our chambers was not closed down due to bankruptcy, incompetence, lack of continuation and all that, but for Gani to maintain his untainted name even in grave.”
However, Mohammed disclosed that some of his businesses, especially the Nigeria Law Publication, NLP, will continue to operate, including all other ancillaries businesses.
“Gani did not close all those businesses because those companies were being run by some people successfully, while he was still alive,” he said.
Speaking in same vein, Mr. Mojeed Ajao, the Managing Director, NLP, said, though he found it difficult to believe the directive of Chief Fawehinmi ordering the closure of the chambers, “but, that has been his wishes, it must be obeyed.”