The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwasju Bola Tinubu, has commiserated with the family of the late legal luminary, Chief Gani Fawehinmi (SAN), over the death of their eldest son, Mohammed.
Tinubu, in a condolence message by his Media Adviser, Mr Tunde Rahman, in Lagos on Thursday, described Mohammed as a committed activist.
Mohammed died after a brief illness on Wednesday in Lagos at the age of 52.
According to him, Mohammed, like his father, was a lawyer committed to engendering social change and reform through the rule of law.
He noted that late Mohammed had kept the activist’s fire of his dad burning since his passing.
Tinubu said: “The sudden death of Mohammed Fawehinmi, son of late irrepressible lawyer and human rights icon, Gani Fawehinmi, is very sad. Mohammed kept the activist fire of his dad burning.
“Like his father, Mohammed was a man of commitment to justice and concern for humanity. He was totally committed to engendering social change and reform through the impartial rule of law.
“Showing the extent of his strong character and dedication to his fellow man, Mohammed overcome the adversity of a serious automobile accident to continue to fight for the rights and welfare of others.
“He could have chosen an easier way, but as a man of principle, he refused to use his injuries as an excuse to turn his back on injustice.
“He refused to be constrained by his physical state or confined to a wheelchair. Instead, he continued to go to court and rigorously battle for the rights of the poor, weak and oppressed Nigerians.
“Again, like his father, Mohammed was much more than an excellent lawyer. He actively participated in public protests to promote causes for which he deeply cared such as democracy and good governance.
“This death hurts because it took from us a good soul, a cherished figure and a role model for the youth. My condolences to the Fawehinmi family, particularly the matriarch Alhaja Ganiat and eldest daughter Bashirat.
“I hope and pray the family and the countless people both father and son fought for all through their lives find the strength to overcome this sad moment. I urge the Fawehinmi family to continue to strive so that our society better reflects those noble ideals that so motivated both father and son.
“May Almighty Allah grant the soul of Mohammed eternal rest. Amin.”
Mohammed had a law degree from the University of Buckingham, England and was called to bar in 1998.
In 2003, he had a terrible accident in Lagos, which affected his spinal cord, confining him to a wheelchair.