By Bode Akinwumi
The first female Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Folake Solanke, SAN, CON, has urged senior lawyers in Nigeria to continually nurture young lawyers on best practices within the legal profession.
According to Chief Solanke, doing this would help perpetuate the ethics and traditions of the legal profession which centre on reforming the nation among young legal minds.
Chief Solanke gave the advice while presiding as the Chairman at the reception held to mark the 70th birthday celebration of an Assistant Clerk of the Ondo State House of Assembly , Mr.Oluwole Aina, in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
While expressing joy with her choice of profession, Chief Solanke said it was embarrassing that some lawyers don’t uphold the ancient and universal professional virtues guiding law practice.
“I make bold to declare that there are many judges and lawyers who abide by their oath of office and are above board.
She enjoined the celebrant to continue to be intellectually and professionally engaged.
“Indeed when we consider the state of the nation with the myriads of challenges particularly corruption, which we face as citizens of this beloved country, it is a miracle that anyone survives to celebrate 70 Years and above.
“I acknowledge you as an outstanding member of the bar who is extremely active on our NBA activities, locally and nationally.
“Don’t just sit down at home and put your feet up in retirement at 70 which is just a number. Fortunately for us as lawyers, we don’t have to retire. Any active person who retires because he has reached a certain age, begins to vegetate.
“I advise you not to let that happen to you. Stay close to your books, continue your legal practice and remain an active participant in Bar activities, as before,” she said.
Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, who was guest of honour at the event, has been a close friend of the celebrant for more than four decades
Governor Akeredolu described the celebrant as one of the most reliable friends any person man can have.
“He is a reliable friend one can have. He is prepared to lay down his life for a friend or any cause he believes in. His commitment to friends is unequaled.
“Wole is daring. He is courageous and one of the best lawyers I know. I want thank God for his life.
“Friends like him are rare, I am not surprised we became friends and have been so close ever since.
“We are colleagues and I hereby publicly acknowledge that he is gifted, as a lawyer with very high acumen. I pray that he won’t abandon it before he becomes a Senior Advocate of Nigeria,” he said.
Responding, the celebrant, Mr Oluwole Aina, said he would continue to serve humanity with his vast knowledge of the law.
Earlier, an Holy Communion Service to commemorate “Oluwole Aina at 70”, was held at the St. Thomas Anglican Church, Felele, Ibadan, where the congregation, family members and well-wishers joined him in appreciating God for a worthy life so far in the service of God and man.