President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Mr Yakubu Maikyau (SAN), has urged fellow compatriots to keep hope alive for a better future.
Maikyau made the call in a statement tagged: “Independence day message”, made available to newsmen in Lagos by the NBA National Publicity Secretary, Mr Habeeb Lawal.
Maikyau noted that although the nation was going through difficult times, the realisation of “our dream for Nigeria where we all live in peace and harmony, should be more real to us than our present circumstances.
“Nigeria is without a doubt, passing through difficult times; needless to mention the myriad of challenges which have become a chorus on our lips.
“We must resist every temptation to give up in our minds; We must retune our thinking, deliberately recalibrate our steps and actions towards the actualisation of the Nigeria of our dream”.
The NBA president said this was achievable by redirecting “our minds, thoughts and actions towards the attainment of Justice in our Society.
“It is the only way to get out of our present negative experiences and build on our positive achievements in realising our potential as a great nation,” he said.
Maikyau, however, said, “a people can exist without religion, but they cannot exist without justice” (Sheikh Usman Bin Fodio).
“We must therefore rise above all prejudices to pursue justice. This is only possible when we allow our humanity and the love of God in our hearts to find expression in our relationship with each other as a people.
“This must be our mindset and posture as we all participate in the processes leading up to the 2023 general elections.
“I call on all members of the legal profession – Bench and Bar Ministers in the Temple of Justice, to be motivated solely by justice in our participation in the processes of the election,” he said.
Maikyau noted that the Nigerian public looked up to the legal profession for guidance and direction in the task of the recovery, reformation and repositioning of the nation, adding that the bar could not afford to fail.
“I pledge our unflinching commitment to a sincere and transparent transition in 2023 and beyond, through ensuring the observance of the rule of law,” he said.