The Ikeja branch of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), will on Sunday, May 10, 2015, begin it’s 2015 Law Week, with a special thanksgiving service at the Arch Bishop Vining Memorial Cathedral, Ikeja, by 9am.
The theme of this year’s law week is, ‘Curtailing the culture of impunity in our national life’.
At a press briefing in Ikeja on Thursday, Chairman, Law Week Planning Committee, 2015, and the Lagos State Solicitor General/Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Justice, Mr Lawal Pedro (SAN), argued that , “The culture of impunity exist in every segment of our national life. When someone acts in a wrong manner or unlawfully with impunity, it means that his actions have no consequence.”
The Solicitor General also said that the culture of impunity takes several form and creates a climate of insecurity, breeds corruption and lack of development.
According to Lawal, “There is the need to start curtailing the culture of impunity in our national life.”
He further disclosed that the theme of the law week was carefully selected and being in consonance with the current desire for change in the country.
“This is a period in the life of our nation that calls for very serious engagements on the direction of the future of our dear country.
“I assume that we cannot continue to do the same thing in the same way and expect a different result.
“There must be change of attitude on the part of all Nigerians, the rich and the poor. I therefore assure that the law week promises to be most impactful and thought provoking.
“We all know that a fundamental principle of rule of law is that of equality before the law. This principle is underscored by the provision of section 17 (2) (a) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, which provides that every citizen shall have equality of rights, obligations and opportunities before the law.
“Instances of impunity abound in every strata of our society, there is no institution or person that appears to be exempted from this culture of impunity.
“Rather than outright condemnation, we now appear to be glorifying disobedience to law and order. We celebrate corruption and applaud perversion of law.
“As officers in the temple of justice, lawyers and judges have now become endangered species. Prosecution for corrupt practices is now regarded by the society as persecution,” he added.
While reacting to questions from newsmen on why the branch has not been proactive to national issues, the chairman, promised that the branch would henceforth meet up with yearnings of the people.