Lawyers, biggest threat to rule of law — Utomi http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/punchng/NEWS/~3/HEXvwVj0zo8/
PAT UTOMI CHIDES LAWYERS AND CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATIONS
Thanks to Utomi. For to whom much is given, much is required. I had considered that the practice of law is most times, cheaply exploiting people’s predicament for personal gain. It may have been traditionally so from its outset in England but I found solace and greater purpose in a more traditional text which declares : “Open thy mouth for the dumb
in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction. Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy. (Prov. 31:8, Holy Bible, KJV)
If only lawyers would speak against their clients’ destructive acts that have degraded the living standards of the Nigerian majority and have also plunged the country into its present uncertainty.
Lawyers, in pursuit of elusive success have always preferred to take sides with the oppressive class. They would at the slightest opportunity want to identify with the rich and powerful.
Law and its practice are sacred instruments for the development and preservation of society. There lays its claim to nobility and not from a pursuit of some persons to be inducted into a bourgeoisie class that operates some esoteric rules.
My shocking observation in recent times is the realisation that Nigerians do not have the spirit of service. Selfishness pervades and sacrificial heroism is considered sinful. Were this selfish spirit to be prevalent among the civil populace alone, there would have been some hope but it is even the norm in the entire sphere of the public service.
Thus, the spirit that appears to guide every aspect of life in Nigeria is the “what’s in it for me?” mindset. It prevails in everything from public service, private relations and sadly even, to the conduct of charitable works like the worship of God.
The Nigerian including lawyers, are driven purely in everything they are involved in by the need to maximise personal gain even when they have taken up a responsibility of service.
There is really nothing wrong in seeking private gain but when it has become the only motivation where a sense of responsibility is lost then we must expect a destructive implosion of the system or polity that we have so exploited, thus, charring our vainglorious acquisitions.
Let us reawaken the traditional spirit of service. Therein lie true success and the preservation of the future.
God help us!