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Who Replaces Gani As Masses Defender?

Let us think deeply on the good things Gani did while he was on earth.

He was an incurable defender of the masses and the downtrodden. No doubt, he was labelled the Senior Advocate of the Masses (SAM)- the title he valued more than SAN.

He was relentless in fighting for human rights even in the face of intimidation and probably death. He spoke vehemently against tyranny and oppression. He was imprisoned several times and even at 71 was not afraid to go to jail. He did not compromise principles and was very straightforward in behaviour.

He was a lawyer who made sacrificial appearances in courts to prove many cases where people have been cheated or rights trampled upon. Who else can sustain this fight against injustice in Nigeria where corruption has eaten deep into the fabrics of the society?

Can we really get a good replacement for Gani among our crop of present-day human rights activists?

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He was greatly admired for his unrelented effort in voicing out opinions when people feared to speak. Gani made the likes of IBB to be on their toes each time he was at arms length and even went ahead to single-handedly confront the ills of the military regime of IBB. He will be forever missed. I think he trained many forerunners/enforcers of the rule of law.

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He is irreplaceable. His death is a big blow to all of us.

The question is -Do u care for the downtrodden?

Is it not that u oppress others?

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Guess its high time we stopped looking at people and be A GANI each one of us! Standing up for the truth at all times, panting for justice to be done and not leaving the work for some few persons.

@ Crackles; i agree u r 100% fearless but to be like Gani, ur words would have to be kinder towards the masses and aggressive to the Government. This is cos weneva i go tru a thread and read ur reply,

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Gani's demise has created a hole dat will b nearly impossible to fill. Let's look at it dis way:

Who will take d federal/state govts to court on things dat do not personally affect him/her alone? Whose fear will make d govt sing its anti-corruption songs? Who will represent d poor and d downtrodden in a law suit without charging a kobo? Who will look d Nigerian political class in the eyes and accuse dem of wrong doings? Who will publish d Nigerian Law Reports from his personal purse(without any support) for d growth of d legal proffession? Who will make d govt increase yearly allocation to education in the budget? Who can give scholarship to d truly poor in our society? Who will champion d cause of the Nigerian students with schools closed down for 3 months and counting? Who will be the Senior Advocate of d Masses (SAM), if not Gani? A whole lot of questions, no single answer, not even one. Everybody is moving into politics without ideology, looking for a chance to reap Naija off. Most of them are becoming 'Niger Delta/ Arewa/ Ooduwa, even Ohaneze Activists' jst to become relevant. His replacement is not on sight yet

GANI, Go ye well! I'll miss u, d just@heart will miss u, students will miss u. Lecturers/teachers are missin u, d poor will miss u, beggars will miss u. D law courts are weepin for u, lawyers/la students are crying out. D media are at a loss for headline news. D govt needs a push from u to at least crawl, they will miss dat push. NLC will miss u in there struggles against d tyrants in power. D prisons and prison guards will miss u. Even those wicked leaders who locked u up will miss u. Nigeria, Africa and d whole world will miss u Gani farewell.

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In Honour of Gani Fawehinmi

Though it seems like any other day

As the day breaks and the rooster crows

But, No! let it not be

Not in the heart of many of us

Many of the hearts you have touched

Many minds you did inspire

You were our freedom fighter

Our leader

Your voice was the loudest

When all that speak is led to slay

And none dare to speak out

Your voice echoes in our hearts

LOUD ! Speaking out in passion

Against injustice, you were our voice

Against oppression, you were the loudest

Against corruption and corrupt leader

You fought till your last breath

Your fought to restore to a people

Those rights that are theirs

You were the light

When we thought we had reach

The end of our cross road

You gave us hope

You gave us courage

You gave us yourself

So we could be free

You thought us integrity

When it all seems faded amidst us

And indeed your demise confirm

To us as no amount of stolen billion could buy

What you mean to us all

Death where is thy sting

Grave where is thy victory

Adieu, Gani!

Our messenger is gone

But his message still lives on

GANIYU FAWEHINMI

You will forever

Live in our hearts

And generations to come.

K3L3CH1

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He lived, he saw, he fought, he conquered.

He was not afraid of anybody.

He didnt care whose ox is gored.

He lamented and cried out against military incursion into politics.

Nobody I mean nobody can replace him.

Our values and norms have been bastardized on the platter of wealth aggradizement.

We run after crass materialism nowadays.

We are ungrateful to Gani as Nigerians.

I am yet to see any human rights lawyer who is upright and transparent like Gani.

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Why in the world are people mentioning Festus Keyamo? Hmm, He is nothing near Gani. He is a government lawyer we should remember and we all saw how he handled the Bankole/Car purchase saga. Gani, was not a government agent and Im sure Gani would never have kept quiet the way Keyamo suddenly did over the Bankole/Car purschase scandal. Please!!! Gani was in a class of his own. Presently lets be sincere with ourselves. Ribadu? hmm , I respected his stance but people say he was selective and was obeying OBJ. Sanusi too is doing a gr8 job but years to come people might come out to say he was doing Yarudua's bidding. Gani, lets simply wait and see who can fill his shoes but now , NONE

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one cant really say for now. but i know keyamo will try the hardest. he has been positioning himself for sometime, pursuing people issues to get attention.

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Gani Fawehinmi

Ako ni waju adajo

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The beauty of a city is not determined by the number of story buildings and good roads that are available in that city but the number of educated youths in such city.In this regard,Gani is a builder of human resources.He had always been threading the path of  the truth even when he was alone.As a lone fighter that he was,he single handedly changed the destiny of his fatherland through thorough radical political civilization.He fast-forwarded the political devt of this state by decades.He stood tall among men because of his consistent consistencies as against their own inconsistent consistencies.

He was born in the village,

He lived in the city,

He  died in the  city

He will be buried in the village and amids his people but

He will lives on in the minds of the peoples.

Such a determined man comes once in a century.Definately not in my generation again.May Allah be pleased with him.

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me i will defend all of you make u na no worry ok?

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Festus Keyamo or Femi Falana

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He was the voice of the voiceless, the hope of the hopeless,

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Gani touched so many lives. He was a force to be reckoned with.

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Gani was A MAN. I almost cried when I heard it. This guy had the guts and character of a hero. Untiring and unswaving in his convictions. Like one writer said, it will take ordinary nigerians standing for what is right whereever they are to keep on in the legacy of this legend.

GANI was a total believer in the rule of law and the rights of the common masses. I think that[b] we really need believers[/b]. Men who believe in these values and are willing to go miles for it to be entrenched in the society. That was the guts of this man. May his soul rest in peace.

As for his replacement. Keyamo shows some promise. Watch out for me also.

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Too big a shoe, and too tall an order.

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Gani devoted his life fighting for the downtroden and the common man.May the good Lord grant his soul eternal rest in Jesus name. Amen!

Ribadu is another man of the people.even though he has relocated to UK .Yes he is right because according to Bob Marley he who fights and runs away,lives to fight another day.

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Gani is a Legend. He was the voice of the oppressed. He stood for the weak. He defended the defenseless. He was one of the few who fought the military with their lives. GANI may your soul rest in peace. From me DEREFORMER

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Adieu Gani,  may your ideals be realised sooner than later. As to the question of who can fill the shoes of the great man, that remains to be seen.

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but why has he not been buried?

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One thing remains certain- Gani will be missed by foes and friends alike.

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A country whose foundation has been reinforced with corruption, nepotism, lawlessness and oppression may not get a good replacement for Gani.

You and I dont care about the masses but only wealth creation and this has negatively affected the very existence of the nation. Deep in our hearts, we have failed the masses. People are now clamouring for the abolishment of SAN arguing it has been bastardized and institutionalized to benefit a few privileged lawyers based on either family popularity or government romance. Good character and pure merit are being sliced into pieces while nominating lawyers for SAN.

It is a sad development we are experiencing.

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Most youths nowadays are awashed with the phenomenon of crass materialism, hence, we find it difficult to nominate who replaces Gani. Names like Falana, Agbakoba, Keyamo have been mentioned but have they truly stood on the side of the masses? Do they really care for the common man or what they stand to gain from legal suits?

Let us think deeply and we will find a big vacuum on who replaces Gani. People care more about self aggradizement and cheap popularity pushing aside probity, accountability and integrity. How many of our young lawyers are ready to serve the masses? How many of our human rights champions truly defend the masses sacrificially?

Nigeria has lost the single challenger of government and its policies. Please tell me that person in modern Nigeria who can wear Gani's shoes?

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totally agree with the above, it is up to us and no one else to overthrow this corrupt evil oligarchy, no emancipated group in the world has acheived freedom without loss of life, but do we have the stomach for death because that is the price that we are going to have to pay in order to rid ourselves of these demons, until all of us are ready to make that personal sacrifice i think that we will continue to live as an enslaved people in our own country.

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I think right now, only two people are available to fill the post. It's either Festus Keyamo or Oliseh Agbakoba. You might want to think of Femi Falana but his ideology does not center around anything masses or poors. Then, everyone of you who is willing to replace; can you bear the consequences? This is not about replacement, it has to do with inate passion for defending masses. With this being said, you can vote for either one of this two people "Festus Keyamo or Oliseh Agbakoba."

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Can i nominate

Shehu Sani?

Check him out

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There can not be another him again, we can not get another replacement for him,he fulfilled his purpose for which God created him for-fighting for the masses and the oppressed. IBB can not forget him like that,the only activist he did not get to his side.

Keyamo can not replace him, his shoes will be too big for him to put on.

I hope FGN will immortalize him, if they fail to do that , his memory will ever remain evergreen in our minds. This generation of masses can not forget him like that.

May God grant his family the grace to bear the loss with fortitude.

Adieu Baba Of Nigerian Masses.

We can only be remembered for what we have done.

One day we shall pass away from this world.

Strive to bring positive effects to the people of your generation

Live for the people of your Generation.

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You've started a good thread. However, I don't think there is any replacement for Gani at the moment. I'm gradually losing faith in Nigerian youths. Selfishness and mediocrity is destroying the positive values that Nigerian youths are supposed to hold. Crass ignorance is another disease that is destroying the youths. Gani Fawehinmi was a maverick lawyer and human rights activist, and that was why he was a great man. He did things differently and had his own mind. He was a visionary who built structures that will outlive him. He started the Nigerian Weekly Law Reports and was a mentor to many young lawyers in the country. I'm sorry to say this, but most Nigerian youths do not have a mind of their own. They are mostly followers and are slow to change. During my service year, I came across a lot of corpers who did not have lofty ideals or strong personal principles. They had started to embezzle money from camp as Platoon leaders and deputies. Go through history and read about the men and women who changed the destinies of their countries. They were mostly mavericks and deep thinkers who saw the future beyond what obtained presently. Gani Fawehinmi fought for the masses because he was seeing light at the end of the tunnel. 97% of Nigerian youths are not visionaries. And that is a great problem on its own.

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Festus Keyamo is trying but can he be the best replacement?

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Wise words. The replacement for Gani is not one man or woman. In this day and age , and given our better personal development as men and women, It should be all of us . Yes , all of us !!! Gani started fighting for the common man at a time when the establishment was vastly ahead of those it led. Today , because we are all better educated and more exposed , we should all be aware of the powers vested in us to challenge our misrule and oppression .

We must understand that Gani , his greatness taken into account , was simply utilising his[b] basic rights[/b] as a Nigeria citizens to protest against tyrannical leadership. His agitation stood out heroically because most of us prefer for others , like Gani , to fight for us. The best tribute we can pay Gani is for all of us to become mini Gani Fawehinmi's . We will then defeat tyrannical and oppressive leadership and replace it with progressive and benevolent Governance. If that happens Gani will smile in his grave knowing that his work is done and the 'good fight' has been won. Gani can then forgive and forget how Nigerians let him down many time by leaving him alone on the battlefield to face our common enemies .

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Dont ever say someone is irreplaceable.Saying do might contote that he was the first person that had ever operated at their level.No,if u had much about COLONISATION PERIOD IN NIGERIA,u would have come accross so many people lIke HIM during that period.What is most likely is that it might take time to produce one with same level of brevity,doggedness and candour.I just pray to God to forgive the man of his shortcomings and grant him Aljannah.

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I would have love to have taken the baton from Gani, incidentally he happens to be my uncle, my late father's junior brother, but the dust and toxic fumes of the Nigerian prison system is too much a torture and hazard to bear for 5 minutes, to imagine that Gani who was a rich, and comfortable lawyer was always in and out of such a gory, dark, and unpleasant place through out his career is very,  very,  comendable.

I dont think there are too many Nigerians who will leave the comfort of their luxurious life styles and embark on a crusade for the rights of the down and trodden which will probably end with a stint in one of African's re-nown Gulags, a fact that even the British have come to acknowledge hence her decision to build a new incarceration centre for deported Nigerians.

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The death of Gani THE GREAT sent my mindset to exile for some minutes,though i am still speechless about his death i can hear myself talking.Someone just have to take the place of Gani THE GREAT or the rate of in-justice will rapidly increase.

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The masses should learn to defend themselves instead of pushing someone to the fore alone when he gets burnt they turn around and backbite on how he is a trouble maker. Gani said the worst moment of his life was after the 2003 election when he expected to masses to protest their stolen votes but they just complained and went back to business as usual. Coward masses

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this is a terrible loss - he was a true leader and campaigner for the rights of the common man, i think it will be very difficult to find anyone to fill his shoes, a true man of the people and a fearless and courageous warrior.

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Gani is irreplaceable. Gani was the only activist in Nigeria that was never involved in any scandal, true or false.

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For now nobody can replace him cos all human right activists are now shouting because of their own pockets.

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no one person can take over from Gani, but i will be more than willing to be part of those that will take over from him.

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Nobody mehn,,,,,,,,, Its goin to take some time

We can wait for ma bro in 10 years time

Trust me , It'll be worth the wait

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It might have been Ribadu, but he ran away. Gani never ever did a runner.

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Gani is simply priceless !!! He can never be replaced. Rather , we must hope that the likes of Femi Falana and co have the endurance of our one-and-only Senior advocate of the masses , his indomitable spirit, bravery and unwavering desire to fight for ordinary Nigerians anytime , anywhere !!!! God bless Gani. Thank you. Your efforts  for us will never be in vain.

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^Na mouth?

1st, you need to be in 9ja. 2nd you need to have a people first agenda, 3rdly you must be 100% fearless. But most important; like Gani, you need to have an overnight bag containing just your bare neccessities ready at all times, in case you are arrested and sent to Gashua or Ita Oko.

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Keyamo and Ribadu are the likely candidate

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James Ibori would take over from Gani.

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