President of the Nigerian Bar Affiliation (NBA), Yakubu Maikyau, SAN, has suggested attorneys within the nation to take heed to the strategic place they occupy within the nurturing of the nation’s democracy.
Noting that attorneys will probably be taking part in essential function throughout and after the 2023 common elections, Maikyau referred to as on attorneys to shun practices and to not issues that might short-change the approaching era of attorneys.
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This was contained in his New Yr message to the members of the NBA and Nigerians.
Having entered the New Yr, I really feel constrained to remind us of our place as members of the authorized career and the essential function we play in nation constructing. We should reawaken to our main tasks to our nation, the folks, and our shoppers.
Our nation goes by means of difficult instances, and there’s no different physique extra geared up to convey it again on the trail of restoration, reformation, and repositioning than the physique of authorized professionals.
The NBA President careworn that attorneys have all it takes to rebuild Nigeria, including that they need to function with that mindset.
2023 is a momentous yr in our nation, with the final elections developing on 25 February and 11 March, 2023. As attorneys, we should keep in mind that now we have essential 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 trustworthy 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 attorneys. For that reason, we should shun all types of unprofessional and unethical practices that will forged the authorized career in unhealthy gentle and undermine our place in society.
We even have an obligation to the youthful members of the career; the obligation of deliberate and honest mentorship – which is the one approach the best 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 main name is to do justice – to make sure that justice is completed in all circumstances, no matter who’s concerned. Subsequently, justice, and never remuneration for service, should stay our main motivation in all we do; we’re ministers within the Temple of Justice, and it’s to justice that we owe our main allegiance.
On this new yr, 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 yr involves an finish we will look again with delight and achievement, understanding that the privilege of the reward of 2023 was judiciously and purposefully used.
The NBA President additionally restated the resolve of the affiliation to get justice for a Lagos-based lawyer, Mobolanle Raheem, who was not too long ago shot lifeless by a trigger-happy policeman, in addition to one other Nigerian, Gafaru Buraimoh, who was equally extrajudicially killed by the police.
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As we proceed to wish for God’s consolation for his or her households and family members, we should enable our humanity to seek out expression in our each day interactions and refuse to be numb and insensitive to the unlucky bloodshed that seems to be our each day expertise in several elements of the nation.