A guest lecturer at the 34th National conference of the Christian Lawyers Fellowship of Nigeria in Owerri, recently, has called for the enactment of an abandoned projects prohibition law by the legislature.
The lecturer, Dr. Steve Ogan, said that the law would compel governments to finish their projects and those of previous administrations and stop being wasteful.
In a paper entitled, “Dealing with the times and seasons: Nigeria at 100 – reality checks and the way forward,” the Dr. Ogan regretted that Nigeria is still bedeviled with insurgencies, corruption, disregard for rule of law, injustice and the like.
He advised the lawyers, as ministers in the temple of justice, to fight anything that does not conform with the will of God.
The renowned author and university don noted that as lawyers and indeed priests in God’s arena, they have a role to play in the society.
He, therefore, urged them to understand the protocol of heaven and go beyond the urge to get rich and reach the level of God in other to transform the nation.
“God is calling you to rise to a new level,” he told the lawyers.
Addressing the conference held at the Imo International Convention Centre (IICC) the governor of the state, Owelle Rochas Anayo Okorocha, said that the nation’s woes such as poor power supply, bribery and corruption, insurgency, robbery and kidnapping are as a result of lack of vision and passion on the part of the leaders.
He, therefore, called on Nigerians to go for leaders with vision and passion in the 2015 general elections and condemned the idea of leaders emerging because they have connection and not because of what they can offer the masses.
The governor stressed the need to de-emphasize choosing leaders based on religion and tribe, and charged Nigerians to “seek ye leaders with vision and passion and every other development will follow.”
In his keynote address, the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barr. Chukwuma Machukwu Ume (SAN) challenged the lawyers to contribute in eradicating injustice in the country.
He cited the biblical Gamaliel as renowned for rendering pro bono (free) defence to the apostles during their persecution.
While observing that law is a profession, he said that a Christian lawyers are a vocation and that they must remain Gamaliel for the poor, the weak and the persecuted to gratify God.
Leviticus 19:15, he said, admonished them not to pervert justice, not to show partiality but to judge fairly.
He extolled the choice of the theme: Dealing with times and season; the Christian Lawyer perspective”.