Chief Abdul Ganiyu Gani oyesola Fawehinmi was a Nigerian author, well respected publisher, social critic, philanthropist human and civil rights lawyer, politician and senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) who died on the 5thof September 2009.
Monday 15th January 2018, was the 14th edition of the Chief Gani Fawehinmi annual lecture and symposium that took place at Airport hotel, Ikeja.
The event was put together by the Nigerian Bar association Ikeja, in honour of the late Gani Fawehinmi. The theme of the event was: Federalism, Restructuring and Good Governance-Striking and Balancing.
The opening prayer was done by Alhaji Lateef Abdulluh, after which the welcome address was done by the NBA Ikeja branch Chairman, Adesina Ogunlana. The opening remark was done by the Chairman of the occasion and former General Secretary NUPENG, Chief Frank Ovie Kokori, who said ‘’the youth of the country should be empowered in order not to join gangs like Boko Haram and the likes.”
The Royal father of the day was Oba Semiu Orimadegun Kasali, Adeboruwa of Igbogbo and the chief speaker of the event was Professor Demola Popoola, former Dean, Faculty of law, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife.
Professor Popoola, spoke on how to move the country forward by reinventing the state for growth, development and democracy. He further said the state must enjoy a degree of hegemony to control contending forces, build strong structures and institutions, promote capital formation and also create an environment for self-sustainable growth and development.
Chief Mike Ozekhome (Senior Advocate of Nigeria), who was Gani Fawehinmi’s deputy head of chamber in 1985, spoke softly of him, and blames the federal government for the killings in Benue state, which he attributed to lack of restructuring.
Other Senior Advocates of Nigeria, in Attendance include former lecturer at the Nigeria law school Professor Ernest Ojukwu, and Arthur Obi Okafor.
Contributors at the event include Mrs Fewehinimi, Mohammed Fewehinmi, and also Seun kuti, who spoke on western imperialism and how it has taken over the Nigeria court, he cited am example of the law student that was banned from Nigeria law school because of hijab.
The attendees where not left out, as they were rewarded with first 100 books of the great Author Gani Fawehinmi.
The programme ended with the vote of thanks from Akinwale Ajibola, and the closing prayer by the branch vice chairman Barrister Efe.