The Muslim Lawyers Association of Nigeria (“MULAN”) has warned that act or conduct whether from within or outside the Bar and Bench which desecrate the legal profession and the institution of justice in Nigeria should be completely weaned out of the judiciary.
MULAN gave the warning in a communique issued after their National Executive Council Meeting held between 19th and 20th January, 2019 at Taal Conference Hotel, Jos Road, Lafia Nasarawa State.
The ceremony which was well attended by representatives of all states branches of the association in Nigeria was chaired by Dr. Hassan Liman PhD, SAN. Among dignitaries that attended the occasion were the Governor of Nasarawa state represented by the state’s Attorney-General. Former attorney generals of the state, Senior advocates and Professors of law, Judges and Kadis, Bencher and Senior members of the legal profession. The President of Nigerian Bar Association, Mr Paul Usoro SAN was represented by one of the national officers of the Nigerian Bar Association.
In the course of the meeting, the association used the opportunity to consider and discuss issues of national importance; particularly, issues bordering on security, legal profession, and incoming election in the country.
The following communiqué was issued at the end of the NEC meeting:
- That the Association condemned the incessant killing of innocent citizens in the North East and other parts of the country by Terrorists either in the name of religion, ethnic chauvinism or for ritual purposes and noted that the government is obviously failing in its responsibility to protect and safeguard the lives and property of the citizens.
- The Association frowns at any act or conduct whether from within or outside the Bar and Bench that can undermine the integrity of the legal profession or that could bring the legal profession into disrepute in the opinion of the public. We therefore call on all the stakeholders in the Bar and judicial sectors to ensure that adherence to the rule of law, probity, honesty, equity and fairness continue to be their watchwords.
- That the Association supports the current campaign against corruption and corrupt practices in Nigeria however the fight must be carried out in strict adherence to the due process and rule of law. While we condemn in totality the current scenario of media trial, it is believed that living above board by those who are in authorities is the only antidote to preserve individual dignity and self respect.
- That the Association strongly views with suspicion the concern of the Kukah Centre, an initiative of Bishop Hassan Mathew Kukah, to take custody and training of Almajiris in the North. The association rejects in its entirety any plan to rehabilitate or educate these children as it is nothing but a new way of converting the innocent Muslim children to Christianity. MULAN states without any equivocation that whatever supposed noble goals the Bishop and his Centre have for the almajiris can and should be wholly executed by Muslim scholars and Islamic organizations.
- That as the 2019 elections draw closer MULAN urges the political parties and all participants to be good sportsmen and not to engage in activities that will cause unnecessary anxieties, fears and tension in the polity or create acrimonious relationship or worsen the security situation in the country due to their desperation to get access to political power.
- That MULAN offers its hands of fellowship to well meaning and responsible persons, institutions and organizations in Nigeria irrespective of faith to join in advancing the interests of all Nigerians and humanity.