Nigeria’s Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu has urged the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA to resist any form of intimidation and reckless use of power capable of truncating the democracy of the country.
Mr. Ekweremadu who delivered the Keynote Address at the 2018 Law Week of the Nigerian Bar Association, Abuja Chapter, with the theme: “The Legal Profession as a Catalyst for National Development, Integration and Sustainable Democracy’’ also reiterated the need for the legal practitioners to uphold the principles of the rule of law in the conduct of their affairs.
The Deputy Senate President added that as lawyers, there is the need for legal practitioners to treat diverse interest with every sense of justice and equity.
He also urged the members of the bar to give undiluted respect for the rule of law and internal democracy in the conduct of their activities.
On the issue of nation building, he said that since Nigeria got its independence, the country has been battling with the issues of development despite the huge human and material resources it is endowed with.
“Development is critical and essential to the growth of democracy everywhere in the world hence, no meaningful development is achievable without national integration” he said.
In her remarks, the Chairperson of the Nigerian Bar Association, Abuja Chapter, Princess Frank Chukwuani said that the theme of the 2018 law week tries to x-ray the socio-economic and political challenges faced in the country and proffer solutions.
According to her, “the law week is a time when branch members come together to interact and proffer solutions to national issues.’’