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Shettima Tasks Lawyers On Rule Of Law, Judicial Autonomy

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Vice-President Kashim Shettima has urged Nigerian lawyers to be unwavering in their defense of the rule of law, justice and judicial autonomy.

Shettima made the call on Saturday in Ilorin at the 30th anniversary celebration of Yusuf Ali & Co, law firm owned by renowned legal luminary, Malam Yusuf Ali (SAN).


While delivering his keynote address titled, “Justice, Truth and Our Divergent Pursuits of the Ideal Political System,” he applauded President Bola Tinubu’s non-interference in election exercises.

The Vice-President also commended Tinubu for his refusal to weaponise state instruments to protect perceived allies on trial.

“This commitment to the principle of separation of powers binds us. We shall continue to adhere to it.

“We shall trust you (lawyers), to do your part in the service of the nation,” he said.

Shettima noted that President Tinubu’s hands-off approach had strengthened Nigeria’s democracy, setting a precedent for future administrations to uphold the independence of the judiciary.

He urged legal practitioners to emulate such ethos, asserting that true lawyers are those who meticulously prepare for court, argue based on facts and legal principles, and courageously challenge injustice wherever it exists.”

The VP extolled the virtues of Yusuf Ali & Co., lauding its unwavering commitment to the principles of justice over the past three decades.

He described the firm as “a bastion of excellence, resisting compromise under both military and democratic regimes.

“Malam Yusuf O. Ali and his esteemed partners have stood firm because of their unyielding commitment to the lofty ideals of justice.”

He also highlighted the Federal Government’s recent legal action to ensure full financial autonomy for local governments.

He referred to it as a convergence that should be prioritised in realising an ideal federal system.

He urged lawyers to be ethically committed to the pursuit of justice, deeming it crucial for a functional tripartite system.

“Without that sacrifice, we are all bound for doom from which we may never recover.”

He praised Yusuf Ali & Co.’s enduring legacy as a testament to the immortality of truth and justice.

Earlier, Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Olukayode Ariwola, had praised the celebrant, Prof. Yusuf Ali, for excelling in his chosen profession, and for defending the less privileged in the society.

Also, Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno, commended the celebrant for contributing a lot to the legal profession in Nigeria.

He commended Prof Ali’s hard work and show of integrity.

Similarly, Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara, applauded President Tinubu for introducing his Renewed Hope Agenda.

According to him, the agenda is improving the lives of Nigerians.

Represented by his Deputy, Kayode Alabi, AbdulRazaq called on all Nigerians to support Tinubu, who is ready to improve the quality of life through the Renewed Hope Agenda.

The governor further thanked the President for promoting separation of powers and judicial reforms.

Guest Speaker at the event, former Lagos State Governor and Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, advocated for the continuation of Nigeria’s presidential system of government.

He said those calling for the return of parliamentary rule in Nigeria had no reason to do so because it had failed Nigerians in the past.

“I, therefore, express my strong support for a Presidential system, with the current federal structure that we have.

“Any democracy, be it parliamentary or presidential, needs an educated society to thrive. That will also help the people to know the rules of the game.”

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