UNVEILING THE STATUE AND CELEBRATION OF 80TH POST HUMOUS BIRTHDAY OF A COLOSSUS, CHIEF GANI FAWEHINMI
The 34th Feet Statue of Late Chief Gani Fawehinmi built by Lagos state government in honour of the human right activist at Ojota.
Gani Fawehinmi park Ojota, the venue for the unveiling of a 34 feet statue came alive as family members, human right activists, politicians, legal practitioners and technocrats all turned out for the unveiling of
the statue of the Late Legal icon, Chief Gani Fawehinmi.
The Lagos State Government led by Mr Akinwunmi Ambode honoured the encyclopaedia of law and indefatigable social crusader of peace with a gigantic statue at the park.
Present on the high table were: the deputy governor of Lagos State who represented the governor His Excellency Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, Mrs Idiat Adebule, senator Tokunbo Afikunyomi, House of Assembly member representing kosofe II, Hon.Tunde Buraimoh, the commissioner for culture and tourism Mr. Steve Ayorinde, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria and human right lawyer Mr. Femi Falana, woman right activist, Mrs Joe Odumakin, the wife of the late legal luminary, his son, Barr. Mohammed Fawehinmi, the immediate past local government chairman of Amuwo Odofin LGA and life patron of NATA, Lagos State Comrade Ayodele Adewale, and a host of other important guests.
While giving her remarks on behalf of the governor, Mrs. Adebule congratulated the family for having such an epitome of truth and an impregnable fighter.
She noted that Late Chief Gani during his living days, always stood for justice and would never tilt to the obviously wrong part.
She also prayed that the family of the deceased left behind would continue to follow his footsteps as we have sure rare people in our midst today.
On invitation to the podium, Mr. Femi Falana rained praises on the late icon of activism. He described him as a dogged fighter who never gave in and never stood on the side of the government at the detriment of the masses. He also commended the strength of his locus standi each time there was an infringement on human right of any individual.
Lagos state deputy Governor, Dr. Adebule and other dignitaries during the unveiling of the 34th feet statue of Late Chief Gani Fawehinmi at ojota.
The senior advocate digressed a little to elucidate on the recent thorn of activity in the national assembly.
His words: there is no where in the constitution that says a plenary cannot go on without the maze. Therefore it is unconstitutional.
He also showed satisfaction about the law against killing of any innocent soul in the country in which an investigation/panel would be set up.
The first son, Barr. Mohammed Fawehinmi thanked the Lagos state government for placing the family name on the world map.
This is the biggest statue built by any governor in the history of Nigeria. This would surely serve as a tourist centre and would continue to portray the family name in a good light.
The highlight of the event was when the statue was commissioned by the deputy governor while comrade Ayodele Adewale kept her company all the while during the commissioning.
Similarly another public lecture was held in Chief Gani’s honor with the theme: *DEMOCRACY FOR THE MASSES THROUGH PROPER AND EFFECTIVE GOVERNANCE_*
In attendance was Nobel Lauret Professor Wole Soyinka (Chairman of the program) senator Shehu Sani, Alhaji Balarabe Musa (former Governor, Old Kano State), comrade Omoyele Sowore (Presidential aspirant in the coming 2019 general election), Comrade Ayodele Akele, comrade Isa Aremu, comrade Aborishade, comrade Joe Oke-Odumakin, comrade Rasak Oladosu a.k.a Busca, senator Okuronmu and his wife, comrade Ayodele Adewale and many other social and human right activists.
The 34th Feet Statue of Late Chief Gani Fawehinmi, SAN at Ojota, Lagos.