A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and renowned rights lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome, was recently attacked and embarrassed by some youths at the 14th Annual Chief Gani Fawenhimi Lecture in Ikeja, Lagos.
The youths booed Ozekhome, who was one of the discussants at the lecture. They blocked his path as he arrived at the venue of the lecture, held at the Lagos Airport Hotel, Ikeja, insisting that the SAN would not be allowed into the lecture hall.
They called him unprintable names and abused him for allegedly defending suspected looters in courts. By so doing, they also disrupted the lecture which had already commenced. It took the intervention of some personalities at the event before sanity could be restored.
That, unfortunately, was not how to honour the memory of Fawehinmi, who stood on the side of the helpless, the weak and the poor in the society, 14 years after his demise.
Sadly, these youths cannot continue to indulge in such excesses, hiding under the guise of the assumption that the late Fawehinmi was a radical. Nothing in their action showed they were prepared to lead their generation or that both education and exposure have any effect on them. The shame was clearly on them as they did not represent the future they seek to lead.