By Olanrewaju Oyedeji
The son of late human rights activist and prolific lawyer, Chief Gani Fawehinmi, Mohammed Fawehinmi Esq, has said that the efforts of Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU students played a vital role in getting his father the coveted title of Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN.
He stated this during a memorial lecture organized in honor of late Chief Gani Fawehinmi at the university. The event was attended by over 1000 Students.
Mohammed noted that during the time when Gani was denied the title of Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Obafemi Awolowo University students went ahead to give him the title of Senior Advocate of the Masses which triggered the latter efforts by the Nigerian Bar Association to give him the title of Senior Advocate of Nigeria.
“My father would have died a man without the apex title and would have being robbed of what he deserves if not for the efforts of OAU Students. Nobody can discount the role OAU Students played, and it would have been miserably painful for my family if Gani was not given his due,” he said.
Mohammed also blasted the state governments of Osun and Oyo over the level of decadence in the states.
“Oyo state is a shadow of herself from what it used to be, everywhere is very bad and it is something that is unbecoming, i clamour for the impeachment of Oyo state Governor, Ajimobi”
Speaking further, Mohammed also said that he had not seen any major improvement in the state of Osun and that everything is just the same like it used to be. He also took a swipe at the Ondo state Government over he termed its underperformance.
He also accused the OAU management of falling below standard and not paying attention to areas which the University needs. Mohammed claimed that OAU is now a shadow of itself and cannot boast of the standards it used to have.
Speaking also, the President of Obafemi Awolowo University Students Union, Comrade Omotayo Akande lambasted the policy of President Buhari as it has to do with the planned payment of a 5000 naira stipend to each unemployed graduate in the country. According to him, “we have a lot of decadence in the education sector that needs attention and all the president can think of is the investment of over one trillion naira in paying young unemployed graduates? Does he mean graduates are worth just 5000 naira each? He is only compounding the woes of Nigerian youths ” Akande said.
The memorial lecture is the second to be held in the campus in honour of the late legal icon, Chief Gani Fawehinmi.