Senior Advocate of Nigeria and foremost communications law expert, Paul Usoro, SAN, has enjoined lawyers to contribute positively to national development.
Usoro made this call at the quarterly National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the Nigerian Bar Association, (NBA), held recently in Uyo, Capital of Akwa Ibom State.
In his usual eloquent and soft-spoken manner, Usoro stated: “Lawyers have a significant role to play in the society today. At this point in Nigeria’s trajectory, we need to contribute actively to our national development because this will surely ensure economic prosperity for our dear country. Furthermore, we must also protect the prestige and integrity of the legal profession. Indeed, it is our responsibility to be good examples to the rest of society.”
Also speaking at the occasion, the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, HE Obong Udom Emmanuel, encouraged legal practitioners to use their profession as a platform to inspire good governance in the country. His Excellency called on lawyers all over the country to eschew corrupt practices and further charged the body to set the agenda in public discourse.
In his words: “The NBA is a critical component of our national fabric today. The body has a key role to play in safeguarding the rule of law and democracy in Nigeria. I enjoin the legal fraternity to always remember their call is to be the last hope of the common man. The NBA, as a body, needs to be more involved in national discourse. The body should play a significant role in stimulating economic progress by driving positive narrative to aid development and advancement in our society.”
In his closing remarks, President of the NBA, A.B Mahmood SAN, thanked the governor for hosting the members of the NBA NEC. He assured of the body’s commitment to the rule of law and continued effort in ensuring economic turnaround of the nation.