“Gani Fawehinmi Saw Boko Haram Coming” – Widow


As activists gear up to mark the five years anniversary of the demise of the late foremost human rights activist and Lagos Lawyer, Gani Fawehinmi, SAN, his widow, Ganiyat Fawehinmi, yesterday, said his late husband, foresaw the current Boko Harem insurgency confronting Nigeria before his demise on September 5th, 2009.

Ganiyat, who spoke at a briefing ahead of the annual three-day memorial programme for the late activist, said “I remember that before my husband died, he warned that if we do not consider issues of insecurity in the country, the country will soon begin to experience bomb blasts daily.

”Then people castigated him but today, we are in it. I do not think there is no week we did not hear cases of bomb blast. If they had heeded my husband at that time, we would not be experiencing insurgency at the moment. This was one of the issues he raised before his death. Look at the case of the Chibok girls, who were yet to be rescued and several bomb blasts that had occurred in the country.”

Ganiyat blamed President Goodluck Jonathan for the insurgency in the country, saying “I praise the former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, if he was the one still in power, Boko Haram insurgent would have been a thing of the past. The president responded too late on the abduction of the Chibok girls.

When his in-law was kidnapped, the president swung into action. And few days after, his in-law was rescued. It means that the president was not protecting the interest of the country and its citizens. If he cannot do it, he should resign from office and allow another person rule this country. We do not need a sleeping president.”

“Where is this country going? These were some of the things that my late husband fought for before his death. He wanted everyone to be safe in this country; to enjoy their fundamental human rights.

That was why Nigerians are running out of the country because they realized that their life is no longer safe. Wherever we are, we must stand up for the right things. We cannot continue like this. This is the future of the country that is been destroyed. The future Gani Fawehinmis are killed at their tender age. It is sad.