The family of the late Mohammed Fawehinmi, first son of the late Human Rights lawyer and activist, Chief Gani Fawehinmi, has officially confirmed that the late lawyer died of Covid-19 complications.
The family equally urged the Federal Government to invest more in healthcare and do everything possible to end the ongoing strike by members of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD).
They also stated that the burial arrangement for the deceased would commence on Wednesday, August 25, in Ikeja, Lagos, and end on Friday August 27, 2021 at the Gani Fawehinmi family compound in Ondo Town, where his remains would be interred.
This was revealed at a press conference on Thursday, at the Gani Fawehinmi family compound, in Ikeja, Lagos.
Speaking on behalf of the family, brother of the deceased, Saheed Fawehinmi, said, Mohammed, before his death, had been restricted to the wheelchair for 19 years, and the condition could have occasioned some underlying conditions such as weight gain, which could have energized the complications from Covid-19.
He said: “Today, we are in a position to inform you that our dear brother died of Covid-19 related complications.
“Arising from this, we want to use this opportunity to urge all Nigerians to take necessary precautions to avoid being infected by the deadly disease.
“This includes but should not be limited to, taking the required doses of Covid-19 vaccine, correctly wearing face masks, regularly sanitizing and washing hands with soap and maintaining social distancing amidst crowd.”
Speaking on the burial arrangements, Saheed said the service of songs and the night of tributes will hold on Wednesday, August 25, at the Archbishop Vining Cathedral in Ikeja from 4pm to 7pm.
“The two events will be divided into two halves. The night of tributes will enable friends, associates, partners, comrades, human rights activists, pro-democracy, trade unions and socialist groups to pay their tribute.
“In the morning of Friday August 27, the remains of our brother would be interred at the Gani Fawehinmi family compound in Ondo Town after a brief funeral services,” he said.
In view of the Covid-19 pandemic still ravaging, the family therefore pleaded with those who would like to identify with the the burial ceremonies to be conscious of the pandemic, as crowd would be limited at the ceremonies.