Senator Ike Ekweremadu, Deputy Senate President, has called on lawyers to stand up for the rule of law as any nation not bound by the principle of democracy was bound to fail.
Senator Ekweremadu, urged lawyers to also defend the independence and unity of the third arm of government.
The Deputy Senate President made the call at the reunion dinner of the 1986 Law Class of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), in Enugu over the weekend.
“Today, the judiciary is challenged and we must not forget that this arm of government is at the heart of our democracy. Therefore, we must not allow its unity and independence to crumble.
“We must stand up for the judiciary and we must stand up for our own rights. We must ensure that the rule of law prevails because any country without the rule of law is bound to fail,” he stated.
Ekweremadu called for continued commitment to the cause of the country despite the obvious challenges.
“We must remain committed to the cause of our country, the cause of unity, and the cause of peace. The country belongs to all of us and we are not going to expect anyone to change the course of things for us except ourselves.
“We must never despair, no matter the situation on ground because ours is a profession that believes in possibilities.
“In the course of the World War two, Churchill told the people of England that if everybody defended his own, the whole of England would be defended. We all have a role to play to have a better country,” he added.
He eulogized the university, particularly the Faculty of Law for working hard to preserve the standard and reputation of the institution despite the obvious challenges.
“The very regrettable trend in Nigeria today is that most of our institutions are beginning to decline. But this is one university we have seen that has grown over the years and the Law Faculty is making much progress,” he concluded.