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Lawyers ‘ve great role for sustainance of Nigeria as democratic nation – NBA President

The President of Nigeria Bar Association, (NBA) Mr Yakubu Chonoko Maikyau SAN says lawyers have a great role to play in the sustainance, promotion and advance of Nigeria as democratic nation.

The President, represented by General Secretary of the NBA, Adeshina Adegbite, made the assertion in a chat with Justice Watch News at Annual Law Week Dinner, organised by Ungogo Branch of Kano State.

He said his cardinal principle as a President is to promote and enforce the rule of professional conduct among the lawyers.

“I’m interest in renewing re-energizing the hope of the entire populace in the profession

“I’m mindful with lapses of some our members, especially the attitude of lawyers in the discharge of their professional conduct,” he further said.

He also said he will restore confidence of the people in the legal profession, and that in tandem with the saying ‘Judiciary is last hope of the masses’

The President, pointed out that people approach judiciary to resolve their dispute rather than deploying violence means or taking laws into their own hands if they have confidence in the judicial system.

He commended the Ungogo Branch for the Law Week it organised, stressing that the theme of the Week, ‘Role of Legal Practitioner in the 21st Century in Nigeria’ was apt and contemporary.

“Is good we engage our members through this gathering to remind ourselves that we are duty bound and not only responsible to our clients alone, but also to the country at large”

He advised lawyers to avoid using technicalities to defeat justice, saying a good practice is to ensure that justice always prevail weather it favours your client or otherwise.

In his speech as a guest speaker during the event, Mazi Afam Osigwe, SAN, said his presented was hinged on the role of lawyer to strengthen institutions.

He explained that his presentation was to enlighten the lawyers what to do to build up strong institution, to ensure there is good governance.

He pointed out that the role of a lawyer is to ensure that society governed by the rule of law.

According to him, a system with effective rule of law, attracts investors and bring about socio-economic well-being of the people.

He applauded Ungogo Branch for the Law Week, stressing that choice of the theme as well as the speakers were superb.

When he was asked about the presidential ambition of the Bar, he said the time of campaign has not been lifted, confirming that when the time comes his name will be among those seeking to lead the NBA through justice in 2024.

He lauded the leadership style of Ungogo Branch, stressing that the branch is making a significant move.

“I was here when the branch was first inaugurated in 2014, sincerely speaking I’m happy with its growth and always it voices heard and opinion counted when it comes to the issues of national importance. I commend the branch for the giant strides it achieved in few years.”

In his speech, Professor Mamman Lawan Yusufari (SAN) said the three speakers at the event agreed that lawyers have a great role to play in the development of a nation.

He, however lamented how lawyers still at this Century bring technicalities to defeat justice.

He urged lawyers to ensure speedy trial without unnecessary delay to ensure dispute are resolved quickly and profitably for the nation to move forward in all respect.

In his remark, the Chief Registrar of Kano State High Court, Alhaji Abdullahi Ado Bayero, urged the participants to practice all they heard during the event for the benefit of legal profession.

He applauded the three guest speakers of the Law Week.

Earlier in his address, the Chairman of NBA, Ungogo branch, Muhammad Jibril Muhammad, commended all members that contributed toward the success of the week.

He said it was a great achievement and historic for the branch, having done its Law Week for the first time, since inception.

He further commended all the three guest speakers, namely: Professor Mamman Lawan Yusufari SAN, Mazi Afam Osigwe, SAN and Professor Usman Shuaibu Dhunnurayn.

Muhd Jibril also described the support of his Executive members and all members of the branch as encouraging.


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