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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