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Sun, 21 Aug 2011 Feature Article

Between Russia and Nigeria: Of Vladimir Lenin and Gani Fawehinmi

Between Russia and Nigeria: Of Vladimir Lenin and Gani Fawehinmi
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Between Russia and Nigeria::Of Vladimir Lenin and Gani Fawehinmi by Augustine Togonu-Bickersteth,London,England

There are some interesting developments between Russia and Nigeria in respect of late Chief Gani Fawehinmi and Vladimir Lenin. Vladimir Lenin and Gani Fawehinmi were both born on April 22, 1870 and 1938 respectively.

Both of them were politicians, lawyers and publishers. Lenin is described as a revolutionary and Gani an activist.

Both lived in London. Lenin was involved in the October Revolution and Gani Fawehinmi launched his political party in October. Earlier on, he had said he was prepared to lead a revolution in Nigeria.

Lenin was first President of the Soviet Union and Gani presidential candidate of the National Conscience party (NCP).

According to the Wikipedia, Lenin's family was originally known as Ulyanov. Being educated folk, the Ulyanovs imparted to their children hostility against the ills of their time — violations of human rights, servile psychology, and readiness to struggle for higher ideals, a free society and equal rights. Gani in his life time was known as a human rights activist.

Lenim attended the first International Socialist Conference on September 5-8 1915 at Zimmerworld. Gani died on September 5, 2009, surrounding by those who could have been of the socialist leaning. Gani's death triggered "a conference" of the left. Depending on how you look at it, Gani was a peculiar socialist or a peculiar capitalist.

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