By John Austin Unachukwu
The Main Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Justice, Justice Tanko Muhammad, has reported there is a need to have for more cerebral lawful practitioners in get to resist tyranny and increase what he describes as the country’s frontiers of jurisprudence.
In accordance to him, with far more very good lawyers, the elementary challenges of the rule of law and the basic human rights would be promoted and defended at all stages of modern society.
He said this past Wednesday at the public presentation of “Two Decades of Forensic Advocacy at the Interior Bar”, a assortment of authorized writings in honour of Yusuf Ali (SAN).
The book presentation, which held in Abuja, was chaired by Justice Muhammad and it attracted quite a few leading lights in the Nigerian authorized circle, together with Prof. Wahab Egebwole (SAN), who spoke on behalf of the editors of the guide, the Vice-Chancellor of the Lagos State College, Prof. Olarenwaju Fagbohun (SAN), and the President, Nigerian Bar Affiliation, Mr. Olumide Akpata.
Others who graced the celebration incorporated Prince Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), Dr. Wale Babalakin (SAN), Kehinde Elejo (SAN), and Dr. A.W.A Ibrahim, among the others.
Justice Muhammad, who was represented by Justice Helen Moronikeji Ogunwumiju, stated: “As judges, when you read through some briefs, you are like ‘Oh, my God!’ since you are aware of the form of investigation that was involved in making sure that justice is finished, taking into consideration the details and all the available guidelines.
“So, when briefs are written with a perspective to espousing the law and are ingeniously created that you step again mentally and say ‘Wow, this is good. This particular person has considered issues via,’ that is the sort of briefs that usually emanates from the chambers of Yusuf Ali, SAN. But that is not to say I constantly agree (with his assertions). But I constantly admire the level of operate he places into his briefs.
“When superior briefs are examine and judgments are composed, they espouse the law and expand the frontiers of jurisprudence in a make any difference. It is a matter of inspiration to the lawful occupation in Nigeria.
“For tyranny to triumph, you ought to to start with eradicate excellent attorneys.”
The CJN explained his impression of Yusuf Ali (SAN) as a noble gentleman, adding: “He is a person that has revealed this sort of depth of know-how, creativity, erudition, and investigate in his briefs. He has also been a gentleman that has aided in shaping the existing jurisprudence in Nigeria in so several parts, specially the spot of human legal rights.”
Speaking on the inspiration for compiling the ebook, Prof. Wahab Egbewole (SAN) explained, “The whole plan was to look at the honouree by means of the cases he experienced handled as an advocate.
“This job was informed by our perception of the honouree as a person whose performs ought to be showcased for the forthcoming generations to find out and be motivated from.
“It was not hard for us to get learned seniors and colleagues to obtain into the idea of writing their remarks on instances managed by Yusuf Ali, SAN, in his two a long time of sojourn at the interior bar.”
In his remarks, Oba Rufus Olarewaju Ajayi Ogidi Olu Obagbaja Arolagbade II, Oba of Gbomina Ekiti Kingdom, in Kwara point out, stated there was a decline in the amount of very good attorneys in the state worthy of mentoring the future generations.
He explained, “Though a to start with-class graduate of regulation from UNILAG, I realized from Yusuf Ali, (SAN), in advance of I mounted the throne of my forefathers. He is an professional. He is good not only knowledge but in character and in his faith.”
Oba Arolagbade II, encouraged that the selection of lawful writings “Two Decades of Forensic Advocacy at the Interior Bar,” in honour of Yusuf Ali (SAN) be adopted by all establishments of authorized research and exercise in Nigeria and read through by youthful lawyers to imbibe the expertise therein into their follow.
On his aspect, the honouree, Yusuf Ali, reiterated his view of the rule of regulation, expressing there would be a much better society when it is supplied a principal spot in the affairs of the nation.
“It’s in our interest to observe the rule of law. We should really not jettison it on the grounds of benefit,” he explained.