CIVIL society groups have expressed shock over the demise of Mohammed Fawehinmi, son of the late Gani Fawehinmi.
Leaders of Conscience under the auspices of National Consultative Front and Freshbreed Leaders under the broad civil society platform known as the Nigeria Intervention Movement, in a joint statement on Thursday night, commiserated with the Fawehinmi family.
The groups’ spokesperson, Che Olawale Okuniyi, said Mohammed’s demise was a rude shock given that more of his vibrant contributions in the political and judicial activism were still being expected.
Mohammed who was the eldest son of the late legal luminary, Gani Fawehinmi, died on Wednesday at the age of 52.
According to Okunniyi, Nigeria has lost a man of great potential, who just like his late father, was an advocate of the masses and a terror to the oppressors.
He said, “Mohammed was an icon and a selfless defender of people’s rights throughout his adult life, always challenging the excesses of government and the ruling class.
“The Nigerian civil society has lost an emerging giant in the current rescue mission of leaders of conscience and Freshbreed leaders ahead of its planned 2023 intervention.”
Mohammed who was also fondly called Égi Moh by associates and family members, was praised for being part of the leaders of conscience, who initiated the NCFront budding rescue mission in 2019 at MKO Abiola’s residence in company of Prof. Pat Utomi, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, Senator Shehu Sanni, Comrade Isa Arẹmu, Alhaji Shettimah Yerima, and Prof. Anthony Kila, among others during an event organised by the June 12 Democracy Movement to chart the way forward to save Nigeria.
The groups while describing him as an “indomitable” icon in the struggle for democracy, who despite his physical challenge “lived a resource and heroic life,” announced that he would be enlisted in the Hall of Fame of June 12 Democracy Movement.
“He shall henceforth be remembered annually on every Democracy Day in Nigeria as one of the greatest heroes of the people, who struggled for the restoration of civil rule and Democracy in Nigeria,” the groups said.