By Nwabueze Okonkwo
ONITSHA—AN eminent jurist and President of Chartered Institute of Mediation and Conciliation, Chief Emeka Obegolu has warned that any country which does not obey the rule of law would never make progress politically and ecomonically.
Speaking as a keynote speaker at a one-day seminar, organised by members of Young Lawyers Forum, YLF, Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Onitsha branch, at Sir Louis Mbanefo Bar Center, High Court premises, Onitsha, Obegolu insisted that since the foundation of progress is the rule of law, it would be impossible for any country to make progress without obeying the rule of law.
In the seminar entitled: “The 21st Century Young Lawyer: Challenges and Prospects,” Obegolu who identified the current incessant killings in various parts of the country, high level of corruption and human rights abuses as some of the examples of not obeying the rule of law, therefore charged the young lawyers to work towards finding a way of bringing such lawlessness to a stop.
Earlier in an address, the chairman of Young Lawyers Forum, Onitsha branch NBA, Mr. Ferdinand Naza had explained that the aim of the seminar was to discuss the challenges and prospects facing the 21st century legal professionals, especially young lawyers.
He therefore charged young lawyers to embrace new areas of law or less developed areas of law, adding that telecom, entertainment law, cyber law, ADR, intellectual property and sports law are few other areas which young lawyers could explore.