President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Prof Yemi Osinbajo were special guests at the opening of the 55th Annual General Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association held at the International Conference Centre in Abuja.
Speaking at the occasion President Muhammadu Buhari reaffirmed his administrations readiness to fight/curb corruption.
In his words:
"Security depends on the entire justice system working to ensure compliance with laws and appropriate safeguards for human rights.The fight against corruption is in reality a struggle for the restoration of law and order.
"Disrespect for law thrives when people get away with all sorts of shady deals and the court system is somehow unable to check them.We must have lawyers who take the ethics of the profession very seriously; who will not frustrate the course of justice.Lawyers are at the vanguard of human rights. We should see corruption in its true colours; as a gross violation of human rights.Corruption diverts public resources into pockets of a greedy few. In my view, there can be no greater violation of human rights.
"The increased engagement we seek with the outside world depends on enforceable agreements and a reliable legal system.If our judicial system is corruptible, we cannot attract the kind of partnerships our large and vibrant economy needs. Our process for obtaining licenses and permits are too slow. It takes too long a time to enforce contracts in our law courts.
"Lawyers have a key role to play, whether in the reform of our laws and regulation or in the integrity of our judicial systems.On our part we shall not hesitate in giving effect to required changes: In the statute books,the judiciary or in legal education.I thank you very much for this opportunity and wish you fruitful deliberations in the course of the conference."
Can you see Prof. Yemi Osinbajo's outfit to the occasion.He looks dapper in the outfit.