I am elated to join our fellow Christian colleagues to commemorate this year’s Easter celebration, despite all the challenges facing us as a nation. It is a privilege we cannot take for granted. Many are not so lucky. My prayers and sympathy are with those who lost loved ones in the several tragic incidents which occurred in our nation, as we continue to trust God for the release of those under captivity. Notwithstanding, as we have been commanded, we give thanks to God in spite of our circumstances (not for our circumstances), for that is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning us.
Easter at its very essence, is the season when Christians remember and celebrate the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. It represents the triumph of good over evil, life over death; the provision of the gift of righteousness to all mankind on the premise of the finished works of redemption – the meeting of the Love, Justice and Righteousness of God on the Cross, to deliver humanity from the shackles of sin. This season reminds us of the need to show love, compassion and forgiveness to one another in our daily lives, in the way God loved the world and gave Jesus Christ as the ransom for our redemption.
I therefore enjoin all Nigerians particularly members of the legal profession to eschew all forms of conduct that can bring the legal profession to disrepute or public opprobrium in whatever circumstance we may find ourselves. I enjoin us to love our neighbours by displaying increased spirit of accommodation, kindness, patience and tolerance, to bring lasting peace in our country.
As we commemorate the resurrection of Christ, we are once more filled with hope for our dear country Nigeria; we will surely rise again and be restored on the path of progress and development. As dark as the road may seem, there is bright light at the end of the tunnel. It is also my vision, that our great Association – the Nigerian Bar Association, will once more be restored to its pride of place; the watchdog of the society, as we become known for our genuine comradeship and mutual respect/love for one another irrespective of our differences; one dynamic Bar that identifies and works for the benefit of its members, with a strong voice that speaks for the great people of our great nation.
May this Easter bring us renewal of hope, peace, faith, love and sound health. May the spirit of God dwell richly in our hearts, transforming our minds as we pursue the recovery, reformation and repositioning of our nation Nigeria.
Have a pleasant Easter celebration!
Yakubu Chonoko (YC) Maikyau, SAN
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