Obasanjo Hinges Nigeria’s Progress on Sanctity of The Legal Profession

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By Alex Enumah in Abuja

Former Nigerian President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has said that if Nigeria as a country must make meaningful progress, then the law profession has a lot to contribute.

His comment may not be unconnected with the spate of conflicting and contradictory judgments emanating from the courts in recent times.

He was speaking at the official presentation and unveiling of the book S.T. Hon’s Constitutional and Migration Law in Nigeria, held in Abuja.

The book written by an eminent legal luminary, Sebastine Tar Hon, SAN, addresses serious constitutional and legal issues of contemporary times.

Obasanjo who aligned himself with the position of the book reviewer, Prof. Dakas Dakas, who had earlier lamented a situation where courts of co-ordinate jurisdiction now lord it over each other, said: “With all the criticisms that have been said about the practitioners, I concour with the book reviewer and if our country must make progress the law profession must have a lot to do.”

 The former president, who prayed that Nigeria would continue to make progress, commended the author for producing something that he claimed would be useful not only to legal practitioners and law makers but to the entire citizenry.

Vice president, Yemi Osibanjo, in his remark commended the author for being clear and unequivocal in addressing controversial legal issue of law, especially the law of evidence and recommended the book to all Nigerians.

Osibanjo also commended Hon for delving into issues such as surrogate pregnancy, law of anesthesia (mercy killing), rights of privacy of public figures amongst others noting that the book would help resolve such issues if and when they arises.

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