Lawyers owe Nigerians honesty in electoral process – NBA president

The President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Yakubu Maikyau, SAN, has called the members to recognise their roles in the development of Nigeria, adding that they are best equipped to restore, reform, and reposition the country during these difficult times.

This was contained in his New Year message delivered on Sunday, January 1, to celebrate the beginning of 2023.

According to Maikyau, Nigeria is going through difficult times. He noted that the election period was another test for legal professionals to wake up to their obligations, adding they owed Nigerians honesty in electoral process.

The message read in part, “Having entered the new year, I feel constrained to remind us of our place as members of the legal profession and the critical role we play in nation-building. We must re-awaken to our primary responsibilities to our nation, the people, and our clients. Our nation is going through challenging times, and there is no other body more equipped to bring it back on the path of recovery, reformation, and repositioning than the body of legal professionals.

We are privileged to have all it takes to rebuild Nigeria and we must allow that consciousness to pervade our minds and influence our actions as we do all we can to make Nigeria great again.

2023 is a momentous year in our country, with the general election coming up on February 25 and March 11, 2023, respectively. As lawyers, we must remember that we have very important roles to play in determining the outcomes of these elections; either as voters alongside other Nigerians, or as counsel advising the political parties and candidates, or in handling the cases that may arise from the elections. Consequently, we owe Nigerians sincere and honest participation in all the stages of the electoral process.

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