The President of the Nigerian Bar Affiliation, Yakubu Maikyau, SAN, has referred to as the members to recognise their roles within the growth of Nigeria, including that they’re finest outfitted to revive, reform, and reposition the nation throughout these tough occasions.
This was contained in his New 12 months message delivered on Sunday, January 1, to have fun the start of 2023.
In response to Maikyau, Nigeria goes by means of tough occasions. He famous that the election interval was one other check for authorized professionals to get up to their obligations, including they owed Nigerians honesty in electoral course of.
The message learn partially, “Having entered the brand new 12 months, I really feel constrained to remind us of our place as members of the authorized career and the vital function we play in nation-building. We should re-awaken to our major obligations to our nation, the individuals, and our purchasers. Our nation goes by means of difficult occasions, and there’s no different physique extra outfitted to convey it again on the trail of restoration, reformation, and repositioning than the physique of authorized professionals.
“We’re privileged to have all it takes to rebuild Nigeria and we should permit that consciousness to pervade our minds and affect our actions as we do all we will to make Nigeria nice once more.
“2023 is a momentous 12 months in our nation, with the final election arising on February 25 and March 11, 2023, respectively. As legal professionals, we should keep in mind that we now have crucial roles to play in figuring out the outcomes of those elections; both as voters alongside different Nigerians, or as counsel advising the political events and candidates, or in dealing with the circumstances that will come up from the elections. Consequently, we owe Nigerians honest and sincere participation in all of the levels of the electoral course of.
“We additionally owe ourselves the obligation to protect the authorized area for the following era of legal professionals. For that reason, we should shun all types of unprofessional and unethical practices that will solid the authorized career in unhealthy gentle and undermine our place within the society. We even have an obligation to the youthful members of the career; the obligation of deliberate and honest mentorship – which is the one manner the perfect authorized career will abide to subsequent generations.
“As we work together with fellow Nigerians in any respect ranges, we should all the time keep in mind that our major name is to justice – to make sure that justice is completed in all circumstances regardless of who’s concerned. Due to this fact, justice, and never remuneration for service, should stay our major motivation in all we do; we’re ministers within the Temple of Justice, and it’s to justice that we owe our major allegiance.
“On this new 12 months, we should commit individually and collectively to the safety and preservation of the integrity and independence of the Judiciary and the Bar. We should fervently promote the rule of legislation in our nation, in order that when this 12 months involves an finish, we will look again with satisfaction and fulfilment, understanding that the privilege of the reward of 2023 was judiciously and purposefully used.
“We stay dedicated to our guarantees to the Bar and the individuals of Nigeria, not the least of which is the pursuit of justice for our beloved Mobolanle Raheem and Gafaru Buraimoh (each of blessed reminiscence) whose lives have been minimize quick by the mindless and barbaric acts of individuals who had the obligation to guard them. As we proceed to wish for God’s consolation for his or her households and family members, we should permit our humanity to search out expression in our day by day interactions and refuse to be numb and insensitive to the unlucky bloodshed that seems to be our day by day expertise in several elements of the nation.”