Vice Chairman of the Event Planning Committee of the umbrella body for SANs, Body of Senior Advocates of Nigeria (BOSAN), Paul Usoro, SAN, has challenged the newly inducted SANs to uphold the legal profession with integrity and honor.
While congratulating the newly inducted SANs, he added that they had proven themselves through hard work and consistency.
He said: “I would like to commend the learned silks here today. They have proven themselves as deserving members of this body through hard work and consistency. I enjoin them to continue to adhere to the highest standards of this prestigious profession and ensure that they serve as beacons of light to the society,” he said
The Vice President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, who was the special guest of honor at the occasion, also lent his voice to the call made by Usoro. While stressing that the legal profession bestows great responsibilities on practitioners, he charged the newly inducted SANs to preserve the dignity of the profession through ethical conducts.
“There is a need for a consensus on how to ensure that the greatest gift that we have received is not destroyed in our own time. It is a consensus that will be built only on sacrifice. Sacrifice in ethnic and other parochial loyalties, where our profession can be threatened, enabling a system of discipline that truly fears neither friend nor foe,” he said.
“For professional elites, such as ourselves, we owe a responsibility to ensure that the profession that refers us to the rank that we occupy that is the highest in our profession continues to thrive and flourish, first for a selfish reason; it confers greater respect and prestige on the rank we enjoy, second; that we be leaders so the profession can even become more successful.”
The event which held the impressive Intercontinental hotel saw the induction of 20 new SANs including Nigeria’s youngest SAN, Kehinde Olamide Ogunwumiju into the body.
Some of the newly inducted members include Festus KeyamoSAN, Dr. Joshua Yusuff Musa SAN, Ekeme Iwoveruele SAN, Kamaldeen Adeyemi Ajibade SAN, Suleiman Usman SAN, Sani Garuru Gabas SAN, Ibrahim Sani Muhammmed SAN, Gboyega Oyewole SAN, John Olusegun Odubela SAN, Akin Osibanjo SAN, Francis Forum Egele SAN, Prof. Sadiq SlyvesterShikyl SAN, Chiezono Ukpoko SAN, Emeka Ukpoko SAN.