*Incompetent Body of Benchers and I don’t care NBA
I still don’t know why the change we so desire is yet to be extended to the body of benchers, the body responsible for the call to bar of new wigs, who are also saddle with the responsibility of issuing call to bar certificates to the called students.
It still baffles me that the NBA is spending so much energy and resources in getting rid of fake lawyers, (people who did not invest anything but reaping bountifully from this noble profession), but the same NBA is not interested in spending a few time to consider the unacceptable conduct of the Body of Benchers for withholding our certificates for no genuine reasons which denies us the opportunity of leaving our dreams and helping many in need of legal services.
Is it to be heard that Body of Benchers get so much accolades, respect and honour for being so incompetent or lack the wherewithal to solve important issue like producing call to bar certificate to deserving lawyers, instead, Body of Benchers have become specialists in rendering potentials lawyers inchoate.
Does that mean society celebrates more and raise supreme the unacceptable practices?
Is it now legal to offer what is right at the alter of what is wrong so cheaply and without anyone raising eye brown?
What is bad is bad. How can incompetent body of benchers, who are yet to grant certificates of call to bar to well deserved, qualified and merited students after a year of call to bar could organised a call to bar to another younger set?
Do not get me wrong. My position is that, a competent body of bencher should have make sure they attended to all issues after a call to bar before thinking about organising another call to bar.
What does it take to produce call to bar certificates to those of us that were call to the Nigerian bar last year November who are yet to be given their certificates. This is nothing but wickedness and incompetent?
Would NBA really have a moral ground to stop those people from appearing in court after the concerned students have done all they have been asked to do only for body of benchers to be holding them to ransom without any reason.
It strikes us that both Body of Benchers and NBA don’t care about what people go through mostly when the people in question are from less privileged families.
To raise a lawyer cost a lot, infact, it takes everything you have except you are from a wealthy family.
How then can Body of Benchers after we have passed all the required exams including the almighty Bar final, being call to the Nigeria Bar and yet, without any reason, just because they are Body of Benchers they won’t give us our certificates.
This nonsense is over due to stop.
I call on well meaning Nigeria to come to our aid. We don’t have any trust in Body of Benchers anymore.
We have written series of letter of complaint, request, notification, petitions to Body of Benchers, NBA, SANs, well meaning lawyers and other concerned bodies. But it seem everyone is less concern about our predicament.
We spent years of hard work in the University, likewise in the Law school. We passed the Bar final, we did all we were required to do, we were called to the Nigeria Bar in Nov., 2014, our names are in the programme of those that were qualified for call to bar certificates, we have visited the office of Body of Benchers in Abuja several times from our different locations, yet, we have not been given our certificates. we are at Body of Benchers office as we send this message
This is total and complete wickedness.
We call on Nigerian and Mr. President to kindly intervene.
Written by Victims