Exactly one year after Chief Gani Fawehinmiâ€™s death as a result of cancer, GovernorÂ Babatunde Fashola of Lagos and his Commissioner for the Environment, Muiz Banire, stillÂ maintain fond memories of the late legal icon.
While the governor said though the tears caused by the death of the Senior Advocate ofÂ Nigeria had dried up, he maintained that â€œhe has earned this unforgettability by the singleÂ act of patriotism.â€
According to him, the late late Fawehinmiâ€™s patriotism was a devotion of a whole lifetimeÂ and he â€œcommitted a lifetime of 40 years of the prime of his life to this arduous devotion.
The Governor, who opened a park in honour of the late icon also said that Fawehinmi usedÂ law, civil rights movements, the media and politics as tools to liberate the people of theÂ country until his death.
He noted that the evils Chief Gani faught against had not been totally eradicated taskingÂ Nigerians to remain steadfast in their pursuit for better life.
For the Commissioner for the Environment, Gani was a hero who remained energetic andÂ courageous in spite of threats to his life.
â€œHis prowess and informed views on issues bordering on the national development was soonÂ noticed by his colleagues who nicknamed him â€˜nationâ€™.
â€œDespite his radical views, he earned deep respect for his court performances, soundÂ sagacity, eloquence and forensic skills.
Banire, who described himself as a proud alumnus of the Gani Fawehinmi chambers, also saidÂ the late iconâ€™s library remained one of the best in Africa adding that Fawehinmi handledÂ several casese including the over 1500 cases he handled free of charge for the poor and theÂ oppressed.
Recounting Fawehinmiâ€™s history, he said the fierce lawyer took up a case for a man whoseÂ wife was involved with a military man in Jos and that he was a man whose name got theÂ military government restless.
â€œGani was detained serially in several prisons across Nigeria, notably Ikoyi Prison (threeÂ times), Kaduna Prison, Gombe Prison, Gasua Prison, Kuje Prison (Two times), Bauchi Prison.
â€œHe was detained 23 times in the police cells between 1969 and 1998.
â€œI still remember with fresh amazement how the selfless leader Gani declined the NationalÂ Honour conferred on him by the Federal Government which of course is mostly craved for byÂ many.
â€œIt was the height of tenacity of purpose and unequalled desire to advocate propriety in theÂ polity,” he added.
The park which is located in Ojota area of state has an array of flowers, two boreholes andÂ 33 sprinklers for irrigation and maintenance of the plants.