by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
Nigerian Lawyers have been charged to be the voice of the voiceless in land disputes, rape and other related issues that affect the masses in the temple of justice.
This assertion was noted by Rev. Fr. Maurice Kwairanga, who is Chaplain of the Catholic Lawyers Association for Yola Diocese, during his homily at a Thanksgiving Mass of the lawyers as they prepared ahead for the 2021 Legal Year. He challenged Catholic lawyers in Adamawa to defend the less-privileged in court cases at no cost.
The Thanksgiving Mass was held at Saint Theresa’s Catholic Cathedral, Jimeta, to commemorate the beginning of a new Legal Year. During the occasion, Rev. Fr. Kwairanga stressed with dismay that, Nigerian masses are suffering to get justice due to lack of finances to hire a lawyer that will defend their cases.
Our Correspondent observed that, the Catholic Lawyers dressed in their professional attire to the Church to thank God for the outgoing Legal Year and also seek God’s intervention in the incoming one.
Rev. Fr. Maurice Kwairanga expressed worry over the congested state of correctional centres across the country.
Chairman of the Catholic Association of Lawyers in Yola Diocese, Barrister Stephen Ibyem, appreciated God for the outgoing Legal Year and hoped for a brighter new Legal Year.
He assured that, the Catholic lawyers will raise their Bar of delivering free judicial service to the masses, irrespective of religious or tribal affiliations.
Shortly after the Mass, the new leadership of the Catholic Lawyers Association, Yola Diocese, was inaugurated.