From. Sadiq abubakar Maiduguri
The Borno state Governor, Kashim Shettima has called on members of the NIGERIAN Bar Association NBA and the bench to be prepared to face the challenges of litigation as the nation enters the 2015 general elections.
The governor stayed this during the annual law week of Maiduguri/Biu branches of the Nigeria Bar Association(NBA) in Maiduguri yesterday.
He also said that already the bar and bench have always have a “very crucial role to play during the democratic period. “This year 2015 being an election year,will present a lot of challenges to the bar and the bench but both have come of age. So there is no cause for alarm. I must however remind the bench that as you try others, you are also on trial in the court of public opinion. So you must strive to at all times to abide by your oath of office by shunning corruption and dispersing justice without fear or favor.”
“The 2015 election is around the corner and we must approach it with all sense of maturity,responsibility, and above all patriotism. I refuse to agree with prophets of doom that there will be blood bath or that Nigeria will break up,rather I am highly optimistic that we will come out a better, stronger and united people,”the governor said at the occasion”, Shettima added.
The governor was ably represented at the occasion by the Borno State Commissioner of Justice and State Attorney General, SAG, Barrister Kaka Shehu Lawan. He appealed to the bar to abide by their professional ethics so that the public will hold them in high esteem.
The governor also called on politicians to shun politics of violence,thuggery or character assassination and learn to accept defeat.
“To all INEC and security agencies,all what we request of them is not to be partisan but provide a level playing ground for all contestants,” Shettima said.