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Gani Fawehinmi 7 years after, ‘Conscience of the Nation’ lives on in our hearts

It was a death that reminded us all that pursuing a life of meaning and taking on causes, should be embraced.

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Gani Fawehinmi play Gani Fawehinmi (Daily Post )

Seven years ago today, Chief Abdul-Ganiyu “Gani” Oyesola Fawehinmi, breathed his last.

He was 71 years of age.

He had lost the battle to live, to lung cancer.

It was a death that reminded us all that pursuing a life of meaning and taking on causes, should be embraced.

Gani was the struggle and the struggle was Gani.

Seventh anniversary in memory of late Chief Gani Fawehinmi in Lagos play Seventh Memorial anniversary of late Chief Gani Fawehinmi in Lagos that held last week in Lagos (NAN)

 

Gani was a fierce critic of several military regimes. As a consequence, he was beaten up and arrested on numerous occasions, his law chamber at Anthony Village in Lagos was ransacked and his guards were shot, leaving them seriously wounded.

 

Christened the ‘Conscience of the Nation’ by the press, Gani’s passports were seized on several occasions.

He would go underground and then re-emerge; ready for more rounds of the struggle, emboldened to keep fighting the cause of the oppressed, the abused and the molested.

Trained as a lawyer, Gani would take on cases pro-bono. He would march to television and radio stations across the country, his gospel of a just and right society emblazoned on his forehead.

 

Gani had become part of our lives, so much that when he passed on in 2009, we took a part of him with us and held up the kind of life he lived as a model for our children, who will then pass same to their children.

Seven years on, we still remember Gani with all the fondness in our hearts.

Sixth Memorial anniversary of late Chief Gani Fawehinmi in Lagos play Sixth Memorial anniversary of late Chief Gani Fawehinmi in Lagos that held last year (NAN )

 

His views were sometimes extreme; his criticisms of government riled the jackboots and those in power.

But Nigeria has enjoyed near two decades of unbroken democratic governance thanks to the battles the likes of Gani fought and won.

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