6 Years After: Activists Asks FG To Immortalise Gani FawehinmiFeatured, Latest News, National News, News Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015
By Ayo Balogun – Human rights activists and members of the civil society groups have renewed call on the federal government to name a national edifice after the late legal luminary, Chief Gani Fawehinmi who died six years ago.
They also canvassed for the protection of the right of the masses and genuine fight against corruption which they say Chief Fawehinmi would have championed if was to be alive today.
These calls, among others were echoed on Wednesday during a rally held at the Gani Fawehinmi Park in Ojota as part of activities marking the sixth anniversary of the death of the late Senior Advocate of Nigeria.
Speaker after speaker at the rally described Fawehimi as a man with unparallel record in the defence of the rights of the less privileged and urged others within his fold to emulate it to the latter.
Chairman, Gani Fawenhimi Memorial Organization, Ayodele Akele said Fawehinmi if were to be alive, he would have gone to court to challenge some decisions he called illegal taken by President Muhammadu Buhari.
One of such, according to Akele is the unilateral bail out of N700 billion to the insolvent states by the President without recourse to the National Assembly.
He also challenged Buhari to fulfil his alleged first hundred days in office covenant with the people of the country.
On her part, the President of Women Arise, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin called on President Buhari to rename the National Human Rights Commission headquarters in Abuja after late Fawehinmi.
On the controversy trailing hundred days alleged promise to Nigerians by President Buhari, former Chairman of Amuwo- Odofin Local Government, Ayodele Adewale expressed optimism that the federal government will make life worthy for Nigerians by implementing peoples oriented programmes.
The rally began at the famous Ikeja under bridge area of the state with the procession terminating at the Gani Fawehinmi Freedom Park, Ojota.
Series of Lectures have also been lined up in Akure, the Ondo State capital to climax the anniversary of the death of Fawehinmi who died on September 5th, 2009.
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