A senior advocate and the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) presidential aspirant, Mrs. Funke Adekoya has decried the abduction of the Chibok girls.
She noted, “There is no better metaphor for the dangers that women and children face than the Chibok abductions, a saga that threatens to revamp everything that we hold sacrosanct as a people.”
Adekoya who spoke at the 50th anniversary celebration of the Federation of International Women Lawyers (FIDA) in Lagos, noted that there could be a salutary feature in the Chibok saga, the leading lawyer said: “In all this however, a redeeming feature beckons on the horizon, namely our innate capacity to lend a helping hand to those in need. This passion to be our brother’s keeper was forcefully brought home to me in one of the marches for the Chibok girls of which I participated. Participation in the event cut across age, gender, ethnic and social class divisions.”
This was coming as several jurists and associations have given Adekoya the green light to forge ahead with her quest to lead the lawyers’ body in the August, 2014 election.
Leading the endorsements was respected jurist and presiding justice of the Court of Appeal, Justice Amina Augie who also spoke at the FIDA celebration.
Others who also spoke at the occasion threw their weight behind Justice Augie, saying Adekoya has sterling qualities to lead the Nigerian Bar to greater heights. They include the Director-General of the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), Professor Bola Akinterinwa; former Country Vice President of FIDA Nigeria, Chief (Mrs.) Tessa Egbe Ikimi, and renowned broadcaster-turned-publisher and women’s rights advocate, Mrs. Adesuwa Onyenokwe.
Meanwhile, the umbrella Igbo Lawyers’ union, Otu Oka-Iwu has equally vowed to support Adekoya in her presidential bid. Speaking through its spokesman, Chief Anthony Idigbe (SAN), the highly influential Otu Oka-Iwu said it would give Adekoya its “maximum possible support.”
Justice Augie said that ensuring the Adekoya is elected as the next NBA President should be a major project of FIDA and its members in the coming days, adding that Adekoya has the character to make positive impact on the association.