Dozens marched Monday morning in memory of Chief Gani Fawehinmi and the battles he fought to defend the masses.
The marchers lined up behind a banner carried by activists, artisans, and taxi drivers from Gani’s Ikeja GRA residence en-route Maryland to the Freedom Park at Ojota.
As they took their first steps, the marchers broke into solidarity songs reminiscent of what human rights protesters would have sung decades ago.
The members of the National Conscience Party (NCP), founded by Chief Gani Fawehinmi, stated that it “sympathizes with the Nigerian masses over the pains, poverty, suffering and hardship being experienced by the masses.”
They called on the masses to join forces with them to “struggle, fight and enthrone the Government of the working masses.”
Addressing protesters at the Freedom Park, the National Secretary of Joint Action Front (JAF), Abiodun Aremu reminded the people what Gani Fawehinmi fought for while he was alive and at the same time charged them that they must earn freedom through their struggle regardless of their tribe and religion.
He said, “today we are here to mark the 7th anniversary of Gani Fawehinmi and we all know what he stood for. The government at every level keeps implementing anti-people policies, oppression and injustice on Nigeria people. We are using this occasion to rally our comrades everywhere to rise up to continue the struggle of Gani Fawehinmi for that is the only way we can liberate our people. The power belongs to the people and the people are the one that can liberate themselves.”
Speaking to SaharaReporters, Comrade Aremu stressed the need for raising a leader from the people who will represent and fight for the interests of the people. He said, “Today is the 7th anniversary of Gani Fawehinmi. The presence of those here despite the rain is a testimony that the spirit of Gani lives on. That is why genuine members of NCP, GAFAMORG, taxi drivers and fellow patriots are gathered here to resolve on moving forward. We must raise leaders now and we have to mobilize ourselves.”
Speaking further, Comrade Aremu said, “on October 1st, we are going to begin political education and mobilization for genuine independence in the country. Our problem is not about election because the right atmosphere for election is not even there. A country whereby majority of the people have no right to be voted for because the election is monetized cannot be talking of genuine political freedom. Essentially, with the living memory of Gani, and this new face of struggle for political freedom, these will lead us to the people we’ll use to get there.”
Gani Fawehinmi, a fighter for the masses, died after battling with cancer but he has not been forgotten by people who believed in his ideology and emancipation of the masses according to many in attendance.