EASTER MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE NIGERIAN BAR ASSOCIATION (NBA), MR YAKUBU CHONOKO MAIKYAU, OON, SAN.
Sunday, 9 April 2023
It gives me great joy to join fellow believers in God Almighty through our Lord Jesus Christ
worldwide, particularly our colleagues, to commemorate this year’s Easter celebration.
This is despite all the challenges we face as a nation.
We cannot take this privilege for granted, as many are not so lucky. My prayers and sympathy are with those who lost loved ones in the several recurring tragic incidents in our nation as we continue to trust God while working honestly and sincerely for a positive turnaround in the affairs of our country, Nigeria.
We must consciously refuse to be numb or insensitive to the bloodshed characterising our daily experience in all parts of the country. Notwithstanding, as we have been commanded, we give thanks to God despite our circumstances (not for our cases); that is God’s will in Christ Jesus concerning us.
Easter, at its very essence, is the season when Christians remember and celebrate the death,
burial, resurrection and eventual ascension of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, Who presently
sits at the right hand of Majesty as our High Priest and Advocate.
It represents the triumph of good over evil, life over death, and the provision/offer of the gift of righteousness to all humankind premised on the finished works of redemption.
This was consummated by Love through the operation of God’s Omnipotence, expressed in the convergence of the nature of God, His Justice and Righteousness on the Cross and His victory over Satan in hell when He rose to become the firstborn from the dead, to deliver humanity from the nature of sin by grace through faith in Him – Christ Jesus.
EASTER MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT: NBA
This season reminds us of the need to show one another love, compassion and forgiveness
in our daily lives, in the way God loved the world and gave Jesus Christ as the ransom for our
I, therefore, enjoin all Nigerians, particularly members of the legal profession, to
eschew all forms of conduct that can bring the legal profession to disrepute or public
opprobrium in whatever circumstance we may find ourselves.
I enjoin us to love our neighbours by displaying a high spirit of accommodation, kindness, patience, and tolerance to bring lasting peace to our country. As we commemorate the resurrection of Christ, we are once more filled with hope for our dear country, Nigeria; we will surely rise again and be restored on the path of progress and development.
As dark as the road may seem, there is a bright light at the end of the tunnel. It is
Also, my firm persuasion that our great Association – the Nigerian Bar Association, is being
restored to its pride of place as the watchdog of society, as we become known for our genuine
comradeship and mutual respect/love for one another irrespective of our differences – one
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dynamic Bar that identifies and works for the benefit of its members, with a strong voice that
speaks for the great people of our great nation. We must deliberately make ourselves available
to provide direction to the people and commit to the advancement of the cause of our country,
through our God-given professional skills.
EASTER MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT: NBA
While I salute the courage and resilience of our military, security/law enforcement agencies for
doing so much with so few resources at their disposal, I call on the Federal Government to
step up its game in the discharge of its constitutional responsibility of protecting the lives and
properties of Nigerians. The bloodshed and other forms of criminality witnessed daily across
the country is completely unacceptable.
The government deliberately funds and equips the military/security/law enforcement agencies to enable them to carry out their statutory functions
with appreciable success, as well as deal with any act or omission that constitutes a compromise
of their duties.
May this Easter bring us renewed hope, peace, faith, Love and sound health. May the spirit of
God dwell richly in our hearts, transforming our minds as we pursue our nation Nigeria’s recovery, reformation, and repositioning. It’s time to get it right!! Have a pleasant Easter celebration. God bless the Nigerian Bar Association! God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria!
Yakubu Chonoko Maikyau, OON, SAN
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