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Osinbajo Proffers Solutions to Challenges Facing Legal Profession in Nigeria

The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has proffered solutions to the numerous challenges facing the legal profession in the country.

He gave the recommendation while addressing an audience at the Body of Bencher Award Night held at the National Judicial Institute in Abuja.

Professor Osinbajo called for the adoption of a set of reforms hinged on reclaiming the traditions of virtuous ethics and entrenching personal and corporate integrity, among others.

According to him, these are some of the requisites for addressing the many challenges facing the legal profession and they will go a long way in solving the problems if adopted.

“The weaknesses that have recently been exposed in our profession, as disturbing as they are, have at the same time provided us great opportunity for deep introspection and self-assessment,” the vice president was quoted as saying in a statement on Saturday.

He added, “This is an opportunity for reform and reclaim of that tradition of virtuous ethics; a tradition of moral inquiry and doggedness in the dispassionate and impartial application of law no matter whose ox is gored.”

Professor Osinbajo stressed that the practice of legal profession and the courts must always measure up to the moral, ethical and statutory standards they subscribed to.

He informed members that whether they sit at the Bar or on the Bench, they should be mindful that they bear the responsibility for a fair and just society.

The vice president explained that the responsibility he was referring to was a free, fair and impartial justice system that ushers in progressive reforms in governance and protects the social structure of the nation.

Meanwhile, he was preferred to the rank of Life Bencher at the event which held on Friday in the nation’s capital.


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