By Chinasa Ogbonna
Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo State wants lawyers to be in the forefront of educating politicians to desist from politics of sentiments.
Okorocha made the call at the kick-off of the Law Week of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Owerri Branch recently in Owerri.
The governor regretted that Nigerian politics is characterized by issues such as zoning, tribe, religion, political party etc.
He urged Nigerians to focus attention on leaders that have vision rather than those that believe in whipping up sentiments and primitive accumulation of wealth.
Okorocha who described the judiciary as the last hope of the common man, stressed the need for NBA to come up with a policy statement that will guide and educate Nigerians against election malpractices.
He stressed the need for judiciary to be independent to enable it discharge its duties without fear or favour.
In his goodwill message, the Attorney General of the state and Commissioner For Justice, Chukwuma Machukwu Umeh (SAN) reminded lawyers that in 2015 elections, lawyers have a duty to rise above elitism and talk about the collective well being of the country, especially Imo State.
The Commissioner, who challenged them to use their profession to seek a better placement at Imo State in the scheme of things in the country, commended the outstanding performance of the present administration led by Owelle Rochas Okorocha while he called on his colleagues to make positive suggestions to the government and criticize constructively where the need arises.
He stressed the need to allow people to freely elect their leaders to encourage prosperity, patriotism and egalitarianism noting that anything less than this will be counterproductive.
In his address, the chairman NBA Owerri branch, Stanley Imo, said the theme of this year’s Law Week is 2015 General Elections in Nigeria, the task before the legal profession, adding that the programme affords them the opportunity to update their knowledge while he commended the governor for all his achievements.