Saturday, 5 September 2009

Many Parts Of Gani Fawehimi(SAN)(1938-2009), A Photo Speak

As a seasoned Lawyer
                                                   As An Activist

As an Intellectual

Cameroon Army Weapons at Bayelsa Disarmament Ceremony(News Release From MEND)

                                                    Guns On Display

The Browning .50 Caliber Machine Guns (listed by government as Brandy Machine Guns) displayed on Saturday, August 22, 2009 in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state were identified by Cameroonian Military Intelligence as suspected weapons seized after an attack on November 12, 2007 in its territorial waters by unknown gun men from Nigeria believed to be men of the Nigerian army in which 21 Cameroonian gendarmes were killed.

We hope that the Nigerian military whom we accused recently of providing its weapons for display at that shameful disarmament ceremony will allow an independent international armament expert in the presence of both Cameroonian and Nigerian officials to examine the Browning weapons in question to determine their origin.

MEND has always called for a proper peace and disarmament process to avoid this sort of embarrassing situation where fraud, rent-a-crowd and monetary inducement is now a part of an amnesty charade.

If the Nigerian Government had followed the recommended UN disarmament and weapons destruction protocol, they would have a set of serial numbers of all weapons handed in and these numbers could be checked to track the provenance of the weapons and ensure the required chain of custody.

We doubt any such list of serial numbers will emerge and the chain of custody cannot be verified, thus the current disarmament process has no integrity.

Similarly, the Federal Government Inter Agency Coordinating Committee on Amnesty overseeing the implementation of the amnesty states that no funds have been paid to those who have surrendered nor for any weapons.

It is truly amazing that Dr. Timiebi Koripamo, the Coordinating Committee media coordinator who made these assertions actually expects the public and officials to believe such a blatant fabrication.

The public protests in Yenagoa on Friday, September 4, 2009 by over 200 boys who participated in the sham disarmament ceremony over non-payments of N10million each promised them has vindicated MEND.

If it is found out that the weapons belong to Cameroon as strongly suspected, they should be returned back to the rightful owners with an apology and a proper investigation conducted to unravel the truth behind their display in Bayelsa state of Nigeria.

Jomo Gbomo

On The Reported Death Of Chief Gani Fawehimi (SAN)(News Release)

                                          Gani Fawehimi(SAN)(1938-2009)

“True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.”  - Dr.Martin Luther King Jr.

I am short of words over the shock news that Gani Fawehinmi (SAN) is dead!
Chief Ganiyu Oyesola Fawehinmi has no equivalent in Nigerian history regardless of any perspective one tries to view it, he WAS an author, publisher, philanthropist, social critic, human and civil rights lawyer and politician extraordinaire.Gani lived and died for what he believed in.

I am indeed short of words as what else can be said about this great citizen of the world that has not been said. Gani himself being an enigma has acted all that needs to be said about him that any attempt to praise or castigate him will be at the peril of the his promoters and traducers.

Ironically, Gani Fawehinmi had no landmark in Nigeria due to the ineptitude of those saddles with the responsibility of governance in Nigeria since he is the sharpest thong in their flesh and one will not be surprised to see governments of the day trying to outdone themselves in the locust race of institution of one edifice and another to belatedly immortalised the undisputable Senior Advocate of Nigerian people.

Gratefully, GANI FAWEHINMI is a landmark that will forever live in the heart of those that believe in equality, freedom and justice. I can only but described Chief Gani Fawehinmi (SAN) by borrowing from words of Martin Luther King Jnr. in the following terms: “True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.” Dr.Martin Luther King Jr.

Yours truly,

Kayode A. AJulo, LL.M., B.L., MNIM, fcl

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