Nigerian Governor Fashola hails late Dosunmu as Human Rights Defender

June 11, 2013

There is and always will be debate on who is a human rights defender. At a recent meeting in May 2013 at York University, UK, there were several sessions and academic interventions devoted to the topic (when the report is out, I will revert), but in the meantime is interesting to note the use of the term – posthumously – for one of the leading politicians in reports that Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, on 10 June joined other prominent Nigerians to mourn the passing on of a chieftain of the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO), Dr. Wahab Dosunmu, describing the deceased as a “passionate defender of human rights” and democratic governance.

In a statement Fashola said Dosunmu, who was a Second Republic Minister: “Dosunmu was a distinguished politician and a brilliant man who made a great contribution to the development and awareness of human rights in this country…..He was one of the most passionate defenders of the June 12 mandate of Abiola.” Nigeria: Fashola Hails Dosumu As Defender of Human Rights.

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