Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana SAN on Thursday expressed sorrow over the death of Mohammed Fawehinmi, son of late rights crusader, Chief Gani Fawehinmi SAM, SAN.
Falana and Gani Fawehinmi fought many battles together. They were particularly in the trenches together in the fight to emancipate Nigeria from the shackles of military dictatorship. They were incarcerated together in prisons several times. Fawehunmi passionately called Falana “Femco”, in recognition of their closeness.
In a statement he released on Thursday, Falana penned the words below:
ADIEU MOHAMMED FAWEHINMI
We are deeply saddened by the tragic news of the untimely death of Mohammed Fawehinmi. As we mourn his passing we extend our heartfelt condolences to his mother, siblings and the entire Fawehinmi family.
Mohammed was born in February 1969 while his father, the Late Chief Gani Fawehinmi SAN was held in an illegal custody in Kaduna under the State Security (Detention of Persons) Decree No 24 of 1967. Mohammed later trained as a lawyer and was already in legal practice when he had a lone accident in Lagos in September 2003. Unfortunately, the injury sustained by him in the accident confined him to a wheel chair for the rest of his life. Notwithstanding his physical challenge Mohammed was ever prepared to join other patriots in confronting the forces of oppression and exploitation.
In spite of the challenge of insecurity, poverty and underdevelopment plaguing the nation Mohammed strongly believed that a new Nigeria was possible. As a chip off the old block, Mohammed was courageous, dedicated, knowledgeable and committed to the liberation of the Nigerian people from the shackle of injustice in all its ramifications. Mohammed will be surely missed for his unwavering commitment to the struggle for a united, just and prosperous Nigeria.
We pray that the condolences of the Nigerian people will bring comfort to the Fawehinmi family and ease the pain of the great loss.
Femi Falana SAN