After the death of Barrister Mohammed Fawehinmi, the patriarch of the Fawehinmi’s family and son of late Gani Fawehinmi, who died on Thursday, August 12, 2021, the family of the deceased, have appealed to the people of Nigeria, at a press conference held at ikeja-Lagos, to please take the Covid 19 vaccine, if they have the opportunity.
The family who also disclosed to pressmen that, Barr. Mohammed Fawehinmi died following Covid 19 complications, enjoined Nigerians to take adequate precaution to see that they are not in any way infected with the virus; and urged the federal government to embark on enlightenment campaigns across the nation.
“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, regular hand washing and sanitizing, maintaining social distancing amidst crowds, and many other ways that ensures safety of Nigerians.
“We urge the government to step up its public enlightenment, 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, to take the safety measures enumerated above.
Mr. Saheed Fawehinmi, who spoke on behalf of the family, thanked pressmen for honouring the invitation to come for the conference, and lamented that, less than 2% of the populace have received the Covid 19 jab; and also used the opportunity, to tell the federal and states government, in line with their late brother’s consistent advocacy, to invest more in health care. The family then appealed to the government, to do all that is necessary, to end the ongoing strike by members of the National Association of Resident Doctors.
Mr. Saheed Fawehinmi, the younger brother to the late barrister, who spoke on behalf of the family, emphasized that, if his brother had taken the vaccine, it would have probably saved his life. He however, confirmed to pressmen, the funeral plans of the late Patriarch, Mohammed Fawehinmi.
“With respect to the burial details, the service of songs, and the night of tributes, for our late brother will hold on Wednesday August 25, 2021, at the Archbishop Vining Cathedral in Ikeja, Lagos, from 4pm to 7pm.
“The two events (service of songs and night of tributes) 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; and the other half, for the service of songs.
“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.
“We welcome those who will like to identify with us, during these ceremonies. But, in view of the prevailing Covid-19 pandemic, we would ideally appreciate it, if the crowd is limited.
Mr. Saheed Fawehinmi thanked all and sundry, who stood by them through the challenging period of their brother’s death.
“We wish to thank all those who have, through calls, visits, tributes, etc, been identifying with us during this difficult period. We particularly thank the Nigerian media and journalists for their support, and we do hereby, apologize, for any inconvenience you may have encountered, in the course of trying to report the passage of our brother.”