One of Nigeria’s most acclaimed human rights crusaders, Chief Gani Fawehinmi has died at the age of 71. Gani had been suffering from various ailments and cancer for some time. He finally died on September 5, 2009. Gani was a jack of all trades – human rights crusader, politician and arch enemy of tyranny.
He was a thorn in the side of, and outspoken critic of military rule and was arrested by virtually every government in Nigeria’s history. He once joked that he holds a record for being the most arrested Nigerian in history. He was arrested scores of times for his outspoken criticism of corruption, military rule and tyranny. He was such an opponent of former military leader General Ibrahim Babangida that Babangida’s wife Maryan nicknamed him “Wahala Man”.
There were several assassination attempts on him. Ironic that he survived all of these but succumbed finally to a disease.
*Even though the police have denied it, Nuhu Ribadu DID enter Nigeria, and visited the home of Gani Fawehinmi in Lagos. Here is video footage of Ribadu at Fawehimni’s home, speaking and signing the condolence register. Interesting to note that Ribadu is a “leftie”…you’ll see what I mean…*
*I decided to update this post with this 4 part video special which reviews Gani’s life*
Here is the latest press coverage regarding Gani’s death:
Biography of Gani
Gani’s Famous Court Cases
Timeline of Gani’s Life:
Gani’s Last Three Wishes: