The 2016 Bar elections show that a different kind of NBA is possible. It has many positives. The voting platform was designed in and by Nigerians. The voting system guarantees improved revenues for the NBA as lawyers will now be able to link access to voting to the payment of their practising fees and membership dues. As the NBA beds into this new revenue possibility, it will be able to protect and defend its independence and ward off politically exposed predators.
This is a short commentary designed to show that the order by Hon. Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court (FHC) Abuja, directing the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to issue a Certificate of Return, with immediate effect, to Dr Uche Ogah, is a coup against the Electoral Act 2010.
The law and theory of subjudice in many climes is tied inextricably to the derogation to right to freedom of expression and press. Section 39 (1) of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, as altered, provides that “Every person shall be entitled to freedom of expression including freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart ideas, and information without interference.
Professor Maxwell Gidado (SAN), former Dean, Faculty of Law of Nasarawa State University, was a deputy director of Academics at the Nigerian Law School. He is currently on sabbatical with the National Assembly. In this interview, he advises the deputy Senate president, Ike Ekweremadu and speaks on the fallen standard of legal education, appointment of judges, law for development, and other issues. Excerpts:
“The only failures are those who fail to try.” – Lester B. Pearson Last week, we talked about ‘being your own standard’ as a young lawyer and not using the achievement of a fellow colleague as yardstick or measurement to success. This week we go further to explain that being a member of the legal profession is not enough, that one must understand the dynamics of how the profession works and key into the area that excites his or her quest for knowledge.
A gruesome suicide bombing at midday Monday left at least 70 people dead outside a hospital in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta, most of them lawyers who had rushed there to protest and mourn the earlier killing of a local bar-association leader.