Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has charged the Nigerian Bar Association not to lose focus on its roles of deepening democracy in the country.
The governor gave the charge while receiving the leadership of the association, led by its National President, Mr. Okey Wali (SAN), in his office on Friday in Ado-Ekiti.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Yinka Oyebode, Fayemi said the NBA had always been at the fore-front of agitations for the growth of the nascent democracy.
He urged it not to relapse in view of the coming change in its leadership, following the expiration of the tenure of the outgoing executive.
Fayemi, who asserted that lawyers were needed to continue their noble roles in entrenching the rule of law as the country was preparing for the 2015 general elections.
He commended the Wali-led executive for successfully “expanding the coast of the Bar in the country.”
While highlighting the roles of the Ekiti State chapter of the association in advancing the course of the people, the governor stated that the NBA had played crucial role in the sustenance of peace and order in the state since his emergence as governor in 2010.
Fayemi added that the state chapter of the NBA had also contributed largely in the reform of administration of justice in the state as well as other legal framework aimed at making the state a choice destination for investors.
He said, “I must commend the bar here in Ekiti State for working with us to assure the people that the processes and principles of the legal framework aimed at advancing the course of democracy is in place.
“They believe in it, they support it and associate with it, even actively take part in it. There is hardly any committee we set up on the administration of justice that the Bar is not active in.
“I think all of us in Ekiti owe the NBA and the legal profession in general a debt of gratitude because we won’t have had this largely peaceful tenure. This is a governor, who loses cases in his own state court without any repercussion.
“We have had a robust relationship with the judiciary, the Bar, and we will continue to respect the individual right of our citizens because they are citizens, not subjects.”
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