Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, on Friday urged lawyers to demonstrate enough courage to speak the truth always.
He said doing so should be to guide and not to create confusion deliberately for personal aggrandisement because the country needs them more than ever to intervene at crucial moments.
He challenged them that as lawyers, they should take back the law profession as the conscience of the nation.
Akeredolu spoke during the grand finale of the 2019 Annual Law Week of Owo Branch of the Nigerian Bar Association.
Arakunrin Akeredolu, who was inaugurated as the Grand Patron of the Owo Branch of the Nigerian Bar Association, alongside his wife, Arabinrin Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu as Patroness, said the current state of quietude in the affairs of the association is unsettling.
He told the lawyers not to allow anyone to guess where they stand on matters which affect the health of the country.
While appreciating the Owo branch of NBA for the honour, the governor attributed to all, the modest achievements considered good enough to warrant the uncommon recognition.
According to him, the achievements will not
have been possible without their continued support.
He said: ‘A professional journey of over four decades is long enough, no doubt, for observers to notice. It is mollifying to note that our consistent advocacy for the downtrodden and unyielding commitment to the development of any place considered our space have earned us these accoladesWe are eternally grateful.
‘Our profession, the most noble on the surface of earth, offers so much in terms of opportunities to impact, positively, on the society.
“For those of us lucky enough to have partaken of the best tradition inherited from our professional forbears, we could not afford to fail. Not only did we meet landmark achievements, engendered by quintessential training, in virtually all human endeavours, we were conscious, acutely, of the onerous responsibilities placed on our shoulders as lawyers.’