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Pursue justice before cash, CJN tells lawyers

The Chief Justice Nigeria,  Justice Mahmud Mohammed, on Tuesday tasked lawyers to be more dedicated to the course of justice than to their clients and personal interests in cash or kind.

He challenged them do self-assessments of their commitment to the charge “to serve humanity in justice” given to them when they were called to bar.

Justice Mohammed spoke at the inauguration of the new chambers of a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr. Joe Kyari-Gadzama in Abuja on Tuesday.

The CJN urged lawyers to be guided by their  conscience and never deviate from path of justice.

 He said, My remarks at this heart-warming occasion would be pedestrian if I did not offer some words of counsel on the expectations of the Legal Profession.  “

“It behoves on every legal practitioner to always place the ends of justice above any other consideration, be it in cash or in kind.

“You should stand not for your clients, kinsmen or even self.  At every Lawyer’s Call to Bar Ceremony, you are charged to ‘serve Nigeria and serve humanity in Justice without fear or favour, affection or ill will’.

“I urge you to pause and reflect on whether we still hold to this charge.  We must all be guided by our conscience and do our part to preserve our independence and our determination to act in accordance with the Rule of Law, no matter whose ox is gored.

“We cannot bring down the Legal Profession and we cannot deviate from the path of justice.”

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