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GANI FAWEHINMI: A MAN LIKE NO OTHER

Just for fun. Let me find out if you are Gani’s disciple. Answer this question: Would Gani have accepted an invite to be a member of the National Confab?

GANI FAWEHINMI
THE MAN HIMSELF

 

“HISTORY IS A TOTALITY OF EVENTS,
WHEN YOU FIGHT ON PRINCIPLES…FIGHT TO THE END.
THIS IS MY GUIDING PRINCIPLE.
WHEN YOU FIGHT ON THE SIDE OF THE PEOPLE, PUT EVERYTHING INTO IT………… I FIGHT ON PRINCIPLES
AND WOULD CONTINUE TO FIGHT ON BEHALF OF THE PEOPLE.
I WILL DIE FOR THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY”
GANI FAWEHINMI LL.D, D.LITT, SAM, SAN 1938-2009

 

Gani Fawehinmi Students’ Chambers, Faculty of Law, University of Lagos   held a tribute ceremony to mark  Gani Fawehinmi’s post humous birthday(April 22nd).  Professor Ibidapo-Obe’s speech was very apt. While Mr Wahab Shittu was very direct.

THE POST HUMOUS BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE BY GANI FAWEHINMI STUDENTS" CHAMBERS UNILAG
PROFESSOR IBIDAPO OBE standing DR WAHAB SHITTU sitting


Gani has been sorely missed. Law students and lawyers  know that, and the masses even know better. Everytime Gani went to court, he not only went to enforce rights, he also sought to clarify the position of the law on many things (Gani Fawehinmi v. LPDC for fair hearing, Akilu v Fawehinmi for Locus standi, Fawehinmi v Abacha on the applicabilaity of the African Charter to mention a few). Thanks to Gani’s persistence, the Supreme Court’s position on locus standi has been liberalised.  If Gani were alive today, I am very certain that the Allison-Madueke and Stella Odua Scandals would have taken different turns. Again, thanks to Gani, handling of pro bono cases has been included has a criterion for seeking to become a SAN). The list is actually endless.

For those of us that were there,  it was a time for sober reflection.

GANI FAWEHINMI STUDENTS CHAMBERS UNIVERSITY OF LAGOS
SOBER REFLECTION

Are we true disciples of Gani? Of all the twenty Cs that Mr Shittu listed as qualities that Gani had, and his disciples should have, the one that got to me was Conscience. We don’t care anymore. What’s my business with the missing school girls? How does the missing NNPC money concern me? If we do have a Conscience, we will not forget too easily. Even the people, that learned directly under Gani have lost their voices. No Conscience. It is all about on-to-the-next-one.

Actually, a fight for the people is not an easy task. You don’t seek rewards, neither do you seek recognition. It is a battle to your last breathe. But Gani actually died fighting for people. He believed so much in the Judiciary. He believed so much that Nigeria could become better. Or why else did he fight? We must not forget that. The people mattered to him. He never turned anybody away. We should not also forget that.

Happy Belated Birthday Chief!!! Happy May Day!!!

 

Professor Ibidapo Obe asked that question. Any true disciple of Gani would have answered that question in the negative. Yeah, that’s right. There are other activists in the society today. Who are those fighting for the people? Can there be another man or woman like Gani? Do YOU think you could start listening to your conscience today? Did you ever see Gani as a pest? Is there a better approach to being an activist than being in people’s faces all the time? How is the social media affecting activism? Would Gani have been an active proponent of the Use of the Social Media?

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