18th Gani Fawehinmi Memorial Lecture: Kunle Adegoke (SAN), Olumide Akpata, Banire, Others Call For United Effort to Rescue The Nation – Rights Monitors

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A prominent Nigerian human rights advocate, Mr. Kunle Adegoke (SAN) has joined others in the call for a United effort among Nigerians to rescue the nation from the present state. He emphasized that it is not a sole responsibility of those those in power, but more on the ruled to work for the triumph of democracy and electoral justice.

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Kunle Adegoke (SAN), a leader of Human Rights Monitoring Agenda (HURMA Global Resource Initiative) made this call in Lagos on Saturday 15th, 2022 at the 18th Chief Gani Fawehinmi annual lecture, themed ‘The Imperatives of Good Governance and The Struggles of Chief Gani Fawehinmi, SAN: Wither Nigeria?’ which was organised at Lagos Airport Hotel, by the Nigerian Bar Association, Ikeja Branch, to celebrate the life and times of Fawehinmi, who died on September 5, 2009.

Kunle Adegoke popularly known as “K-Rad” said in parts: “This is an occasional that we are remembering the contribution of Chief Gani Fewehinmi SAN, to the development of humanity, development of Nigerian and his contribution to human rights which we are all celebrating today and all events that can never be forgotten in the canal of Nigerian history. To that extent we are saying that Nigerians should take it as an opportunity to remind themselves for the need to work assiduously towards development of Nigeria to make sure that there is electoral justice and there is triumph of democracy. Also to make sure that we bring good governance to Nigeria, which is what Chief Gani Fawehinmi SAN, fought for throughout his life”.

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The President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Olumide Akpata, Esq, in his contribution extolled the quality of Chief Gani Fawehinmi. He said, “For us at the NBA, Gani Fawehinmi remains a major resource (even in death) of knowledge with the ever green analysis and reportage of contemporary cases in the Nigerian Weekly Law Report which quit considerably has continued even after his passing'”. He concluded that Gani Fawehinmi should be thought as a subject in the Nigerian Law School, for the good of upcoming generation.

The Guest Speaker of the occasion Professor Labode Popoola addressed the topic – The Imperatives of Good Governance and the Struggles of Chief Gani Fawehinmi, SAN: Whither Nigeria? He stated that ‘Gani Fawehinmi strongly believed in the Nigerian project and more firmly in good governance as the only way by which Nigerians could live happily, peacefully and progressively’.

In her contribution to the discussion, Aisha Yesufu who began her speech by praising late Chief Gani Fawehinmi as a detribalised Nigerian said “the media is meant to point out the ills in the society so as to ensure good governance”

In his remarks, Dr. Muiz Banire (SAN), said emphasis should be on creating an environment that ensures good governance in the country. “2023 should be our focus, on how do we get credible leaders that would take would rescue the country from poor governance to good governance. This should be our focus. Good leadership should be our focus.

The Executive Director of Human Rights Monitoring Agenda (HURMA), Comrade Buna Olaitan Isiak said the program is in remembrance of the values of good governance, equity and justice that Chief Gani Fawehinmi epitomizes. He further stated, ‘look at what happened in Lagos State for example, we have a Lagos State Governor, Sanwo-Olu that responded in a jiffy to the calls of the rich and elite people of Magodo. Yet the people of Ijegun/Ije-ododo have been calling him since last year and has not responded, that is injustice. He is showing that he is a governor that is representing the rich which is not good in governance’.

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