Statement By The NBA President To Mark The International Human Rights Day

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Distinguished Colleagues,

In commemoration of the International Human Rights Day which holds today, the President of the Nigerian Bar Association(NBA), Mr. Yakubu Chonoko Maikyau, OON, SAN has restated the commitment of the NBA to continue to champion and uphold citizens’ fundamental human rights.

In recognition of this year’s theme – “Dignity, Freedom and Justice for All – and the call by the United Nations Human Rights Office to #Standup4HumanRights, the NBA President identifies rendering of pro bono services as one way lawyers can aid the cause of human rights.

His words: *’I enjoin members of the NBA to get committed to the pro bono service programme under the NBA-Human Rights Institute(NBA-HRI). I have always maintained that remuneration must never be the primary motivation for the services we offer as lawyers. We must, as part of our practice make provision for free legal services to indigent citizens.”*

Kindly find attached for your reference the full statement of Mr. President.

Akorede Habeeb Lawal
National Publicity Secretary

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