By Innocent Anaba, Wahab Abdullah
Lawyers in the country yesterday vowed to challenge public officers who undermine public good for personal interest andÂ the culture of impunity.
They also promised to fight non accountable public officers, which has become prevalent in the polity.
The lawyers under their umbrella body, the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), in a communique at the end of its week long annual conference in Lagos also noted that credible, free, and fair elections are sine-qua-non to democracy and can only be achieved in Nigeria where the electoral processes are transparent.
The lawyers are resolved to be actively involved in entrenching a credible electoral process in the country.
They argued that, â€œthe report of the Justice Uwais Electoral Reform Committee is key to any meaningful electoral reform in the countryâ€ and therefore â€œurged the National Assembly to as a matter of national imperative, bring about legislation to implement the report to its fullest.
â€œAll registered political parties in Nigeria must allow for internal democracy within their parties so that qualitative and acceptable candidates could emerge from the process, as the absence of such a process is antithetical to the very notion of democracy.â€
On the efforts of the Federal Government in bringing about stable polity in the country, they commended the efforts of the Federal Government in resolving the Niger Delta crises but however urges all stakeholders to work towards addressing the inequities that led to the crisis.
The lawyers praised the quick intervention ofÂ security agencies in containing the Boko Haram crises, even though theyÂ strongly condemned the extra judicial killings of the leaders of the sect and indeed all forms of extra judicial killings in the country.
On the on-going reformation in the financial institutions, the lawyers commended the Central Bank of Nigeria and its Governor, Mr. Sanusi Lamido for the recent steps taken to restore sanity and confidence in the banking industry and urged banks to continue to take whatever steps required in that direction.
Besides, the body also called for an enduring legal framework for investment in the countryâ€™s economy, to make the investment climate more competitive and favourable in line with global best practices.
The communique said, â€œthe NBA shall play a pivotal role in the development and entrenchment of cogent principles of corporate governance and encourage all relevant stakeholders and agencies to join hands with it in this direction as the current regime is weak and inadequate.
The intricate relationship between law and development is noted and therefore the Bar rededicates itself to live up to its responsibility as a catalytic agent of change, economic development, and political stability in Nigeria.â€