At bar conference, lawyers tasked to rescue Nigeria from bad leaders

At bar conference, lawyers tasked to rescue Nigeria from bad leaders

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) at its 2021 conference, themed: “Taking the Lead”, which started on Monday, October 25 and ended on Friday, October 29, has tasked its members to take up leadership positions to rescue Nigeria from bad leaders and its failing state.

Present at the conference were the NBA President, Olumide Akpata; the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mohammed Tanko, represented by Justice Mary Odili; Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike; Governor of Sokoto State, Rt. Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal; Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong; former NBA presidents, Onueze Okocha (SAN) and Okey Wali (SAN) and lawyers from the 36 states of the country.
Interactions at the conference revealed that members of the learned profession are tired of the lopsided leadership in Nigeria and are eager to step in and make the difference.

Personalities like former NBA president, Okocha, described the conference theme as apt. Speaking during the NBA opening ceremony, its president, Akpata, said, it was time enough for the legal practitioners to rise up and chart the course of leading the country out of its present woes, where the political leaders have refused to allow the systems to grow for the good of the citizens.

“The objective of this conference is encapsulated in the theme, ‘Taking the lead,’ which is to serve as a call to action to legal practitioners all over the country, irrespective of their area of practice, to provide this country with effective and quality leadership that has been largely lacking for decades since independence.

“If we are to make the desired progress to take Nigeria to the promised land, we must speak truth to power and indeed to ourselves by acknowledging that in terms of the abundant human and natural resources that God has blessed Nigeria with, we have definitely been punching way below our weight category.

“For the avoidance of doubt, I request that lawyers should take leadership positions anywhere they find themselves. Who knows, we may find one who leads this country and take us to the Promised Land,” he stated.

The NBA President said, beyond occupying public office, lawyers also have an important role in providing a serious solution of leadership.

“At times, when the country is dwindling at the precipice, facing multi-faceted challenges, lawyers must be temperate in their utterances and should not be seen to be fanning the embers of ethnic discord. The society needs us at this time more than ever to provide leadership,” he said, adding that another objective of the conference was to strengthen the working relationship with the components of the legal profession – the Bar and the Bench.

He said his administration is keen to consolidate the relationship and ensure that the Bench and the Bar are both functioning optimally.

 

 

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