Travesty of the justice system and lack of exemplary leadership remains a critical challenge in ensuring the much-desired just and free society.

Bishop Catholic Archdiocese of Ibadan Saint Mary Cathedral Oke Padre, The Most Reverend Gabriel Abegunrin, made the observation at the 2022 Legal Year Thanksgiving Annual Lecture and Inauguration of New Executive organized by the National Association of Catholic Lawyers.

The Most Reverend Abegunrin pointed out that Nigeria has laws like any other country but compliance, especially on the part of the affluent, was a great issue.

The cleric, who maintained that the country had reputable lawyers urged them to continue to speak out until the desired change is achieved.

Also speaking, the Guest Speaker, a lecturer from the Department of Sociology, University of Ibadan, Dr. Olutayo Tade said the Nigerian Bar Association had a significant role to play in enlightening the citizenry as to their rights and stake in the Nigerian project.

 Dr. Olutayo Tade pointed out that lawyers in the country have not been sufficiently living up to their role as opinion moulders, but they need to wake up to their responsibility.

He said it was highly essential that Nigerians rise up to the occasion, especially with the 2023 election looms, bearing in mind the fact politicians are out to buy votes, while what the nation needs are leaders who can reposition the country.

In an interview with Radio Nigeria, Some lawyers said the justice system can be improved through extensive adoption of technology into the judicial system and different laws that deal with processes and procedures in courts should be adhered to.

They, therefore, urged Federal Government to equip the judiciary for quick acceleration of the justice system.

Funmilola Obagbayegun


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