In life and death, they filled the consciousness of many Nigerians as the conscience of the nation. They cut across many fields of endeavor. They were united by one mandate – the struggle for a better society. Instructed by the antecedent of their country, they realized very early that the fundamental change they envisaged was conditional on the efficacy of people-oriented, coordinated agitation. This is the group of human rights crusaders in Nigeria. Notable among them is the Legendary Nigerian attorney and human rights activist, Chief Gani Fawehinmi. The fiery Lawyer died on Saturday, September 5, 2009 at the age of 7. Gani, who has been fighting a terminal illness over time, had championed human rights activities in Nigeria for decades and led the Legal team in most of the nation’s celebrated cases. Ganiyu Oyesola Fawehinmi was born in April, 1938 and spent his entire life fighting for the good of the common man on the streets of Nigeria. He was a fearless and indefatigable fighter who was ready to die for his beliefs. He dedicated his life to the defense of human rights and condemnation of bad government policies Education Gani had his early education at Ansarul-Deen Primary School Iyemaja, Lagos from 1947 – 1953 and his secondary education at Victory College, Ikare from 1954 – 1958. While in school, his passionate interest in national, legal and political affairs earned him the name “the nation”. On April, 1961, he left the shores of Nigeria by sea on m.v Aureol passenger ship for the United Kingdom and arrived Liverpool on May 12, 1961. On arrival in London, Gani received the result of his General Certificate of Examination (GCE) advanced level, which he took shortly before he left Nigeria. He enrolled in Hollborn College of Law for the LLB of the University of London (external) in September,1961. He was in part II of the 3 year programme when his father died on February 5, 1963 and the source of his finance dried up. He was forced by financial difficulties to drop out of Hollborn College as a full-time student. He literally taught himself Law for parts II and III of the LLB degree course and sat and passed all his examinations. In September 1964, he came back to Nigeria. Upon his arrival in Lagos, he enrolled at the Nigerian Law School at No. 213 A, Igbosere, Road, Lagos for the compulsory three months course, which he successfully completed. The Inevitable Sadly, Gani succumbed to the cold hands of death on Saturday, September 5, 2009 at the age of 71. He was survived by 2 wives and 14 children. Nigerians will generally miss his vociferous views and ideas about national issues especially now that the country appears to be on a quagmire. Adieu, the colossus who bestrode the Nigerian human rights community for decades. Indeed, the completeness of his life is evident in the grief with which his passing away has been greeted!