The Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, has challenged the Nigerian Bar Association to promote and protect the rights of all Nigerians at all times.
Wike made the disclosure in Port Harcourt, during the NBA annual general conference for the year 2021 themed: Taking the Lead.
The governor also faulted the NBA for fighting less in promoting good governance in the country.
On his part, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Mohammed Tanko, represented by Justice Mary Odili, frowned at the trend of politicians verbally attacking judges and the judicial system when cases do not go in their favour.
She also promised that the judiciary would take disciplinary measures against erring members, as well as others who abuse the judiciary or its processes.
Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, represented by Luke Onofiok, who noted that the legislature is committed to ensuring a country where the rule of law thrives, charged lawyers to take the driver’s seat in achieving an egalitarian society.
Declaring the conference opened, the NBA President Olumide Akpata, who noted that the aim of the event is to strengthen the Bar and the Bench, added that 9,000 participants attended the event physically, whereas 1,000 attended virtually.
Akpata advised lawyers to be temperate in the handling of issues so that they would not be seen as fanning the embers of discord.
Recall that governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike had inaugurated the state’s Multi-door Courthouse that will offer alternative resolution to litigations bothering on trade deals and social relationships.
The inauguration event held at the Rivers State High Court Complex in Port Harcourt.
Governor Wike said establishment of the Multi-door Courthouse is a further demonstration of his administration’s commitment to put in place a comprehensive judicial system that would serve the dispute resolution needs of businesses and investments in the state, as well as parties from other states that may be willing to submit to its jurisdiction.
The governor maintained that the Multi-door Courthouse system will further expand the doors and frontiers of effective justice delivery to the people with players in the business and investment community as the greatest beneficiaries.
“Rivers State cannot but join the expanding jurisdictions across the world where the Multi-Door Courthouse system is becoming part of the dominant alternative to litigation and arbitration in the resolution of commercial disputes, including, even relationship conflicts.