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Gani Fawehinmi saw Boko Haram coming — Widow


AS activists gear up to mark the five

years anniversary of the demise of the late

foremost human rights activist and Lagos Lawyer,

Gani Fawehinmi, SAN, his widow, Ganiyat

Fawehinmi, yesterday, said his late husband,

foresaw the current Boko Harem insurgency

confronting Nigeria before he died.

The late activist died on September 5th, 2009.

Ganiyat, who spoke at a briefing ahead of the

annual three-day memorial programme for the

late activist, said “I remember that before my

husband died, he warned that if we do not

consider issues of insecurity in the country, the

country will soon begin to experience bomb blast


”Then people castigated him but today, we are in

it. I do not think there is no week we did not hear

cases of bomb blast. If they had heeded my

husband at that time, we would not be

experiencing insurgency at the moment. This was

one of the issues he raised before his death. Look

at the case of the Chibok girls, who were yet to be

rescued and several bomb blasts that had

occurred in the country.”

Ganiyat blamed President Goodluck Jonathan for

the insurgency in the country, saying “I praise the

former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, if he

was the one still in power, Boko Haram insurgent

would have been a thing of the past. The

president responded too late on the abduction of

the Chibok girls.

When his in-law was kidnapped, the president

swung into action. And few days after, his in-law

was rescued. It means that the president was not

protecting the interest of the country and its

citizens. If he cannot do it, he should resign from

office and allow another person rule this country.

We do not need a sleeping president.”

“Where is this country going? These were some of

the things that my late husband fought for before

his death. He wanted everyone to be safe in this

country; to enjoy their fundamental human


That was why Nigerians are running out of the

country because they realized that their life is no

longer safe. Wherever we are, we must stand up

for the right things. We cannot continue like this.

This is the future of the country that is been

destroyed. The future Gani Fawehinmis are killed

at their tender age. It is sad.




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