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Meet Remi Fani-Kayode, the Politician who Successfully Moved the Motion for Nigeria's Independence

Chief Remilekun Fani-Kayode (late) is the father of former Nigerian Minister Femi Fani-Kayode. During his lifetime, Remilekun Fani-Kayode (popularly known as Remi) took actions vital to the history of Nigeria.

Some notable contributions by Remi Fani-Kayode to Nigeria's history are analysed.

Remi was born in 1992, and he was a leading Nigerian politician and lawyer. However, Remi was a man of many callings, as he was also an aristocrat, nationalist, and statesman.

Firstly, Remilekun Fani-Kayode played a vital role in the struggle for Nigeria's independence. In 1952, authorities detained Remi and other agitators during their fight for Nigeria's independence. In 1954, Remi took charge of Action Group's youth wing. Under Remi's leadership, Action Group's youth wing fought against colonial rule in Nigeria; the youths reportedly wore black shirts as a form of protest. Remi became a member of the Federal House of Assembly in 1954. Notably, Remi was the politician who moved the successful motion for Nigeria's independence in July 1958 at the Federal House of Assembly.

The second reason for the respect accorded to Remi Fani-Kayode in Nigeria's history is that he served as the Deputy Premier of the old Western Region of Nigeria under Chief Samuel Akintola in 1963. Remi became the Deputy Premier of the region on the platform of the Nigerian National Democratic Party.

Thirdly, Remi Fani-Kayode fought for justice. General Sanni Abacha appointed Remi in 1994 into the Justice Kayode Eso panel of inquiry, which effectively probed and helped regarding the sanitation of the Nigerian judiciary and rid it of corrupt judges. Chief Remilekun Fani-Kayode was one of those who openly wrote about and spoke out strongly against the annulment of the June 12, 1993 election. He even went to court over the issue. In 1957, Remi reportedly led the team of Action Group lawyers who represented and fought for the people of the Northern minorities at the Willinks minorities commission.

Today, Remi's son, Femi Fani-Kayode is also a lawyer and a politician.

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