I am delighted and honoured that the Honourable Chief Justice of Nigeria, Honourable Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, GCON, extended an invitation to me as President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) to attend and deliver an address at this special Court session to mark the commencement of the 2023-2024 legal year of this Court and the conferment on 58 (fifty-eight) of our colleagues with the prestigious rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria.
As part of my countdown, it would not be out of place to note that this will be the last legal year ceremony of this Honourable Court I will address as President of the NBA. I am grateful to God for the privilege, and may I express my profound gratitude on behalf of the NBA to my Lord, the CJN, and all the Justices of this Court for this invitation and for the audience I have so far enjoyed before this Court.
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The ceremony is also a time for stock-taking; today, we listened to the CJN apprise the bar and the public of the court’s activities in the previous legal year, the challenges and achievements, and the agenda for the new legal year. The bar is fascinating because it provides the necessary enlightenment to foster understanding in our interactions with the court in the coming year and beyond.
This Honourable Court is undoubtedly one of the most overworked apex courts in the world. That is why your Lordships are most deserving of the annual vacation of the Court, the appreciation of Nigerians, and the Bar for the sacrifices that your Lordships make in the discharge of the enormous responsibilities thrust on their shoulders by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).
Therefore, on behalf of the NBA, I formally welcome your Lordships from vacation as we usher them with prayers to God Almighty for strength, wisdom, and courage into another legal year.
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