Mohammed Fawehinmi

Mohammed Fawehinmi

That Man in the Picture above is Mohammed Fawehinmi, the eldest son of the late human rights activist, Chief Gani Fawehinmi, ChiefAbdul-Ganiyu “Gani” Oyesola Fawehinmi, (22 April 1938 – 5 September 2009) was a Nigerian author, publisher, philanthropist, social critic, human and civil rights lawyer, politician and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).

He has revealed an emotional but triumphant experience similar to that of the Chibok girls who were, on April 2014 abducted by the Boko Haram insurgents in Borno State.

In an exclusive interview with a correspondent, Mohammed Fawehinmi, who is currently the head of his late father’s law chambers in Lagos said that he owes his life to President Muhammadu Buahri who saved him during an invasion by the Maitatsine sect in the 80’s.

Like Abubakar Shekau of Boko Haram, the leader of Maitatsine group was Muhammed Marwa, a controversial Islamic preacher with lots of followers which earned him the nickname – “Maitatsine”, meaning “one who curses”. This Islamic sect whose activities became violent launched attacks on Churches, government establishment, pupils, Christians, moderate Muslims, among others in Northern Nigeriain 1980s.

Fawehinmi, while chatting with a correspondent, said that President Muhammadu Buahri was a fantastic man, adding that he and his brother would have been killed if he (Buhari) hadn’t intervened in the unruly activities of the Maitatsine sect.

He said: “He saved my life when I was in Federal Government College, Sokoto. He saved my younger brother’s life when he was in Federal Government College, Maiduguri. So, I owe him a lot. The man is a fantastic man.

“The Maitatsine sect just like this Boko Haram came to our school. He (Buhari) had information that they were ravaging Schools. So he sent soldiers and they came to the periphery and sent in mobile policemen. They were able to catch some of them (Maitatsine sect) while trying to escape”.

Similarly, Fawehinmi commented on the emergence of the New Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ali Modu Sheriff who was alleged by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Femi Falana to have sponsored the Boko Haram insurgents when he was Governor of Borno State between 2003 – 2011 in Nigeria.

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