Nigerian Legal professionals: Let Us Change The Narrative
I carry you greetings realized seniors and colleagues whilst I’m in ache because of the wanton destruction of lives and properties from the hijack of the #EndSARS protests which commenced some two weeks in the past however took a hobeessian type on Monday night owing to the assault on innocent protesters at Lekki consequent upon which non state actors disguised as protesters to wreck unquantifiable and unimaginable violence and destruction on the populace in our expensive nation, Nigeria.
As attorneys, we’re probably the most affected by the carnage although I haven’t affirm the dying of any colleague within the mentioned carnage and wanton destruction nonetheless from my findings the next Courts have been burnt, destroyed and or looted by the ‘protesters’: Courtroom of Enchantment, Lagos Division; Excessive Courtroom of Lagos State, Lagos Judicial Division (about 30 court docket rooms); Justice of the Peace Courtroom Advanced, Igbosere (22 Courtroom rooms); Excessive Courtroom of Ondo State, Okitipupa Judicial Division (2 Courtroom rooms); Justice of the Peace Courtroom Advanced, Akure (7 Courtroom rooms); Justice of the Peace Courtroom, Ore, Ondo State; Excessive Courtroom of Delta State, Asaba Judicial Division; Asaba; Excessive Courtroom of Anambra State, Onitsha Judicial Division; Excessive Courtroom of Abia State, Obingwa Judicial Division ( Courtroom 1 & 2); Chief Justice of the Peace Courtroom 1, Aba South, Abia State and Excessive Courtroom of Osun State, Ifon to say a couple of.
A number of Police Stations (21 on the final rely in Lagos State alone and lots of extra in a number of states within the nation).
Many individuals have been killed by state and non state actors (the precise quantity hasn’t been decided however they’re in a whole lot. What a loss?
It’s now time for us to permit the anger within the land to dissipate and as colleagues we will do rather a lot in talking to our colleagues and likewise serving to to speak to our purchasers in the best way we curtail the unfold of false and unverified data (even when verified, we should always desist from spreading such as a result of the unrestricted unfold of mis-information may in a approach destroy the nascent or temporal peace we take pleasure in within the nation presently.
We’re leaders within the society and we should always now take up that function in our native communities by interesting to family and friends members nay contemporaries of the hazard of violence to our economic system which hasn’t recovered from the closure and lockdown because of covid 19 for the big a part of 12 months 2020.
Allow me to share a narrative the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN shared to an viewers I used to be a part of someday in the past. He was part of a United Nation peace preserving mission to a nation in Africa which was ravaged by inner conflicts and there he noticed a former Chief Justice of that nation in a queue with plate in his hand to gather his day by day ration in an internally displaced individuals’ (IDP) camp. What a sorry state.
Bear in mind, we’re an endangered species and our methods and the methods of the Courts usually are not understood by the populace therefore, we and the judiciary are the targets in a state of anarchy as was witnessed in Nigeria within the final one week.
Personally, I had avoided making any publish within the final two weeks as a result of I consider uncontrolled protests and unfold of misinformation portend hazard for any economic system and we have now seen the outcome; carnage in an unimaginable approach that the authorized group in Lagos and by extension Nigeria might not get better from in a very long time. Many personal investments have been destroyed and looted (and are nonetheless been looted and destroyed even now) within the identify of protest by individuals who had no enterprise with the #EndSARS protests within the first occasion however took benefit of the shortage of police presence within the nation to deal a blow to our collective patrimony.
We may help change the narrative by resisting the urge to unfold posts which can trigger nice havoc in our nation. Historical past has beckoned on us and it’ll not be good if we betray the responsibility imposed on us by God and Mankind.
Adebola Olarotimi Lema
Secretary, NBA Lagos Department 2014-2015
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