By Osahon Osahon
The family of Chief Gani Fawehinmi has said that the first son of the late human rights activist and lawyer, Barrister Mohammed Fawehinmi, died from COVID-19 related complications.
The family disclosed this on Thursday in Lagos, at a two-fold press briefing, addressed by Shaheed Fawehinmi, to provide clarification on the cause of the death of Mohammed and to give further details of his burial arrangement already announced before.
The Fawehinmi family used the occasion to warn members of the public of the need to observe COVID-19 all protocols with all seriousness to avoid being infected.
“Arising from this, we want to use this opportunity to urge all Nigerians to take necessary precautions to avoid being infected by the deadly disease including but not limited to taking the required doses of Covid-19 vaccine, correctly wearing face masks, regularly sanitising, regularly washing hands with soap and maintaining social distancing amidst crowds.
“We urge the government to step up its public enlightenmrnt on the deadly character of the disease so that many more Nigerians, especially those whose immune system could easily be compromised because of underlying illnesses, can take the safety measures enumerated above.
“Additionally and in line with our late brother’s consistent advocacy, we call on the Federal and state governments to invest more in health care. In particular we urge the government to do all that is necessary to end the ongoing strike by members of the National Association of Resident Doctors,” Shaheed said.
Burial of deceased late Matriarch of Fawehinmi’s family will commence with service of songs and the night of tributes on Wednesday August 25, 2021, at the Archbishop Vining Cathedral in Ikeja, from 4 to 7pm.
“The two events will be divided into two halves. The night of tributes will enable friends, associates, partners, comrades, human rights activists, pro-democracy, trade union and socialist groups to pay their tribute.
“In the morning of Friday August 27, 2021, the remains of our brother would be interred at the Gani Fawehinmi family compound in Ondo Town after a brief funeral service,” the family announced.
The late Mohammed died at the age of 52, on August 11, after a brief illness.