Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has described the death of Mohammed Fawehinmi, the first son of the late legal luminary and human rights lawyer, Gani Fawehinmi as a huge loss to the state.
Akeredolu said the demise of Fawehinmi is not only a big blow to the Sunshine State but also to the legal profession and the civil society movement in the country.
The death of the son of the late fairy lawyer occurred yesterday shortly after he was said to have been rushed to the hospital after complaining of breathing difficulty.
Gani Fawehinmi’s son, Mohammed is dead
In a statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Richard Olatunde, said the deceased was a voice to many people with a deep commitment to an egalitarian society.
“Undoubtedly, this is a personal loss not just to our state, but also to myself. As a learned colleague, Mohammed Fawehinmi was a great lawyer. He was a voice for so many people. He was committed to a just and fair society.
“Truly, MO’s urbane character was alluring. He may not have been seen by all, but to those who had reasons to relate and work closely with him, he represented a strong voice and character, compassion and strength.
“MO carved a niche for himself, despite his father’s fame and records; he walked his path and allowed the trajectory of life to mould him for inexorable service to his fatherland. He was a dependable, dogged fighter.
Akeredolu, while commiserating with the people of the state, particularly, Ondo Kingdom, said Fawehinmi will be sorely missed by many.
“I most importantly commiserate with the immediate family as well as friends and associates of the departed learned brother over this shocking development. May God grant us all the strength to bear this loss. May MO find eternal rest in the bosom of the Lord.”