September 23, 2023, By Daniel James, News/Comments
BENIN-One of the Nigerian revered legal icons, Dr. Wole Babalakin has eulogized a retired Appeal Court Judge, Benin Division, Justice Fatimo Akinbami during a valedictory court session in her honour in Edo State, saying that, Justice Akinbami contributed her quota towards the Country’s legal system but hope, that her retirement will give her more time to help the develop society.
Babalakin, a former Governing Council Chairman, University of Lagos, made this call, as he used the occasion to lament the poor welfare of judges in Nigeria, stressing however that the Nigerian government have not done enough in that regard, and it is a disgrace to senior lawyers, even as he wants the legal profession to retain its dignity in better pedestal.
The Senior Advocate of Nigeria while noting that, the Country’s Judicial system is that of the United Kingdom, which is not a bad idea, but government should emulate the good standard of the system where judges in UK are well taken care of. This is even as he hinted that law is a noble and a distinct profession with integrity that must be accorded honour and dignity.
“The lawyers must realise that the legal profession is that of distinction, integrity and class. So, there is a need for senior lawyers to ensure that the job is placed on a good pedestal and that judges enjoy good condition of service.
“It is a personal disgrace for every senior lawyer that the job is not developing while judges do not enjoy good condition of service. We can’t leave the fight to judges alone. We are all guilty of this neglect and we must find a way to make it better. In a system where judges cannot meet their needs effortlessly, it shows that the system is not helping the judiciary.”
On her part, the Justice Akinbami expressed gratitude to God and her family, including well wishers for their support while expressing that Nigeria will be great again, even as she wants government to invest more in agriculture, as away to reducing unemployment rate.
“The focus of the new administration should be vigorously directed at getting unemployed citizens to engage in farming immediately. Food production must be pursued by all able-bodied adults. There is no alternative to food production locally, so ordinary people in Nigeria would have basic food to eat.”
“There is a need to curtail the importation of food of any sort. Therefore, the pressure on the country’s foreign exchange would be used for more critical purposes to grow the economy.”
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