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Impunity, rights abuse, anti-corruption war: Where Gani could have stood


GANI established the National Conscience Party in 1994, principally to rally nationwide support for the activation of the June 12, 1993 election mandate, for the entrenchment of democracy in Nigeria, to provide a platform for genuine change in Nigeria and for the emancipation of the masses from political, economic and socio-cultural enslavement. The NCP had the unique motto of: Abolition of Poverty. He declared his intention to contest election as the presidential candidate of the NCP in April 2002.

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L-R: Chief Ozekhome, SAN, Prof Mamman,  SAN & Mr Pedro,  SAN

RECESSION: SANs, others split over emergency powers to deal with economy

Emergency powers to do what? To further impoverish an agonising populace of helpless Nigerians with dictatorial policies that no one can challenge? I don’t support such maximalist and dictatorial powers for an authoritarian all-knowing government that has shown utmost intolerance of opposition, dissent of opinion and plurality of ideas as to how to move Nigeria forward.

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Mr. Joseph-Oteh

Poor conviction rate frustrating fight against corruption – Oteh

Conflicting judgments of courts particularly when they occur in courts of coordinate jurisdiction are a major cause for concern; these conflicts seriously embarrass and undermine the judicial process, citizen confidence in the integrity of the courts and the image of the judiciary as a whole. People begin to wonder: what is happening with the courts? But this is not a new sprout, as it were.

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A brave New Bar

These words contained in an article published on August 9, 2012 articulated the case for reform of the processes for leadership succession at the Nigerian Bar. Four years later, on August 1, 2016 and for the first time in a quarter of a century, the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), concluded its leadership elections based on universal suffrage. Far from the fulfilment of a prophecy, the recently concluded NBA election was a belated effort by the Association to update its governance and institutional processes. It was long overdue.

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Mahmoud SAN

NBA: A theatre of absurdities

Lawyers in the society are looked upon by the society for salvation. If anything goes wrong in the country, the society would ask, what are lawyers saying, because lawyers are the conscience of the society. Indeed, the umbrella body of lawyers, the NBA had spoken, protested, shown direction and resisted tyrannical governments, but that was many years in the dim past. The body is now cowed, pocketed and compromised.

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Mahmoud and Magu

NBA Annual Conference: When frank talk reigns

THE 56TH annual general conference of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, which ended, last week, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State was characterised by frank talk aimed at building a stronger and more efficient Nigerian system. Out-gone National President of the body, Mr Austin Alegeh, SAN, set the ball rolling in his address at the opening ceremony, when he charged the Federal Government to fight corruption within the ambit of the law.

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Ojo Maduekwe: Lawyer and ‘The Man among Men,’ adieu

Late Elder (Chief) Ojo Uma Maduekwe who died on June 29, 2016 will be interred within the vast grounds of his massive country home at Asaga Ohafia, Abia State, on August 20, – a couple of days from the date you read this piece. The build up to his final obsequies, as announced by the family, started with a block buster night of tributes under the auspices of the Ministryof Foreign Affairs where he previously held sway as Minister.

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