Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Justice Tanko Muhammad, some justices of the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal, some senior advocates of Nigeria (SANs) including Mike Ozekhome will on Saturday, November 26 converge in Abuja to celebrate their 40 years of qualification as lawyers.
The gathering will be celebrating those called to bar in 1981, chairman of the National Planning Committee Chris Uche said on Friday.
Uche said the event would bring together all lawyers called to the Nigerian bar in 1981 for thanksgiving and to forge a common front on strengthening the practice of the legal profession, improvement of the justice delivery system and contributing more meaningfully to national development.
“Forty years’ post-call is indeed and unarguably a huge, glorious and uncommon milestone, worthy of celebration and thanksgiving. When we look back, 40 years ago in the lives of each and every one of us, we certainly have so much to be grateful for,” he said.
“As a class, we have also done exceedingly well, and indeed, have become the most blessed, accomplished and successful Set in contemporary history in the legal profession in this country as well as in many sectors of the economy and branches of life.
“As we know, our set currently boasts of six members at the same time in the Supreme Court, with a Chief Justice of Nigeria, and a 7th Supreme Court Justice, now, the Emir of Lafia.”
He added, “We have many justices of the Court of Appeal, Chief Judges of several states, both serving and retired, presidents of Customary Courts of Appeal, serving and retired, very many judges of the Federal and High Courts, as well as many accomplished legal practitioners, many senior advocates of Nigeria, many professors of law, many successful politicians, business moguls, religious leaders.”