During his lifetime,he was known as the ‘Senior Advocate of the Masses.Passionate about standing up for the oppressed, late Gani Fawehinmi,SAN, GCON died ten years ago on this day,leaving indelible footprints on the sands of time.
Born Abdul-Ganiyu “Gani” Oyesola Fawehinmi on April, 22nd, 1938 ,he was a well respected Nigerian author, publisher, philanthropist, social critic, seasoned human and civil rights lawyers.
He had his early education at Ansar-Ud-Deen Primary School, Iyemaja – Ondo from 1947 to 1953 and his secondary school education at Victory College Ikare, a Christian School from 1954 to 1958, under the leadership of the Late Rev. Akinrele where he sat for and passed his West African School Certificate Examination in 1958. While in college, he was popularly known as “Nation” because of his passionate interest in national, legal and political affairs. He was an avid reader of Daily Times and West African Pilot, the most popular newspapers in Nigeria at that time. He then worked briefly as a law clerk in the High Court of Lagos until 1961. Gani enrolled at the Holborn College of Law- University of London to read law in 1961. While at University, his father died. He completed his academic degree in London with a measure of difficulty due to lack of funds
He died September 5, 2009 after a prolonged battle with lung cancer. He was 71 years old. Later he was buried on 15 September 2009 in his home town of Ondo, Nigeria. He died as a disappointed man, because of the state of his country at the time of his death, he refused the highest honour accorded him by his country on his death bed.However, a post-humous National honour of Grand Commander of the Niger(GCON) ,alongside the hero of June12, Chief MKO Abiola who got the highest honour in the land of Grand Commander of the Federal Republic(GCFR)
Years after his demise, Gani’s legacies still live on as he remains a reference point as far as upholding Human rights and the Rule of Law are concerned.