Daughter of the President Muhammadu Buhari, Halima Buhari, and an octogenarian, Enebeli Pius Chika 80 years and 2, 257 law graduates have been admitted into the Nigerian Bar.
The ceremony attracted the presence of the wife of the President, Aisha Buhari and other members of the first family at the International Conference Centre in Abuja today.
Halima was not the only centre of attraction at the colourful ceremony but Enebeli because of his old age as graduate of the Law school, who caught the eyes of dignitaries at the event.
While presenting successful candidates for the call to bar, the Director-General of the Nigerian Law School, Mr. Olanrewaju Onadeko, advised the new wigs entrants to strive to ensure that the sanctity of the legal profession was not compromised.
Onadeko said the candidates were eligible to become members of the legal profession having successfully completed the vocational training at the Nigerian Law School as prescribed by the Legal Education Act.
He said: “The allocated figures are a product of empirical evaluation of available facilities in the Faculties.
“Consequently, failure to keep to these numbers impacts negatively on the quality of the products. The extent of violation has been profound in some cases”.
Onadeko appealed to varsity authorities that “due heed should be paid to the decision of the Council of Legal Education and the National Universities Commission in this regard.”
Speaking on the imperative of good character, Onadeko pointed out that the essence of the insistence on good character for eligibility for admission, was to shiled it from those with propensity to act at variance with the “interest of their clients, the profession itself and the justice.
While congratulating the newest set of lawyers in the country, the law teacher, reminded them of the challenge of bench marking on minimum international best practices and advised them to aim at the top level in their all endeavours.
In a related development, Chairman of the Body of Benchers, Bandele Aiku (SAN), told the new lawyers that success at the Bar demands more than distinction in law examinations, “it demands of correct behaviours of true and proper professional spirit, and of proper understanding and wise use of the tools of the craft.”
Aiku highlighted the codes to include: “respect to the court and seniors, courage and independence, help and advice to colleagues.”