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by rawmaterial, Nigeria Nov 10, 2009
Human Rights , Peace & Conflict   Poetry


TO GANI You stood tall in death.
You lived on in death.
You came back to life at death.
For the deeds of men they say
live before and after them.
Your deeds
have forever put your name in the annals of history.
You lived in times of great peril.
You lived perilously
for the sake of the common man,
in the service of the common man.
You lived in the reign of loafers and egocentric men,
you took them head on
for the sake of the common man,
in the service of the common man.
You suffered for freedom,
you endured hardship and incarceration for justice,
you braved sudden death from the hands of the powers in search for equity.
You were dogged and uncompromising
in the face of determined and powerful adversaries.
It is said that men are remembered
for what they were supposed to do,
what they did well or didn’t do well,
and what they were supposed to do,
that they didn’t do.
Your name, your deeds, and your travails
Will forever ring on the lips of men
from generation to generation
for all that you did
in the pursuit of freedom, justice and equity for all.
Farewell Gani.



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Adebayo is the president of Campaign Against Ignorance & Illiteracy (CAII) a Lagos-based NGO devoted to developing ideas on how to promote democracy, good governance and popular participation in public affairs in Nigeria. He was the vice speaker of the Student World Assembly 2007-2008 and spearheaded the organisation's campaign on ending human trafficking world wide especially in the West African sub-region, he in 2007 wrote an essay that was one of the finalist essay for the World Youth Movement for Democracy (WYMD) world essay competition on democracy, he in his essay detailed his experiences as an election observer on what transpired during the 15th April, 2007 general elections in Nigeria. He is the immediate past PRO of the Human Rights Information Network (HURINET) Nigeria 2007-2009 a network of about 100 right based organisations, since 2003 he has been a parliamentarian on PATITO’S GANG, a current affairs television program in Nigeria shown by six television stations hosted by Professor Pat Utomi. Adebayo was the PRO of the National conscience Party (NCP) Mainland, Local Government, Lagos state, Nigeria from 2003-2005 the party under which platform he had earlier in 2003 contested for the position of councilor, an experience which he describes as a participatory research work on the inner workings of political parties and the peculiar nature of Nigerian politics. He was the chairman of the Corpers’ Welfare Association in Geidam, Yobe state while on National youth service in 2002 and was the social- director of the Student Union Government at Kwara State Polytechnic 1999-2001, Ilorin, he is a facilitator and resource person to a number of NGOs
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