Adhere to rule of law, Utomi urges lawyers

By Onozure Dania

WARRI—Professor Pat Utomi has enjoined Nigerians to adhere strictly to the rule of law and avoid things capable of tarnishing the image of the country.

Prof. Pat Utomi

According to him, the country is currently facing the consequence of insecurity, 419 attitude, disregard to the rule of law and a lot of things, inimical to the growth and development of the nation.

Prof. Utomi, who delivered the key note address at this year’s Law Week of the Nigerian Bar Association, Warri, Delta State, yesterday, noted that for a country to grow, a lot of institutions should be built to accommodate things that can move the nation forward.

On his part,  the President of NBA, Mr Abubakar Mahmoud, SAN, decried the avalanche of petitions of professional misconduct against lawyers, which he described as alarming.

Mahmoud, who was represented by a former Chairman of NBA, Warri branch, Mr Ben Oji, noted that a Senior Advocate of Nigeria was stripped of his privileges after being found to have conducted himself in a dishonourable manner.

“We must, as a body continue to uphold the ethics of the profession. Senior members of the Bar should especially lead the way so that the juniors, who are coming behind will have something positive to emulate,” he said.

Guest Speaker, Dr. Ogaga Ifowodo, noted that the concept of the rule of law is a great legacy of the struggle for justice and democracy against the tyranny and oppression by feudal lords, kings, queens and anyone else who could wield unrestrained power.