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Rev. Alfred Martins to Christian Lawyers: Be Fair

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Christian lawyers have a responsibility to use their professional skills and faith to rescue the nation from underdevelopment and tensions, the Archbishop of the Metropolitan See of Lagos, Most Rev. Alfred Martins, has stated.

He spoke last Sunday at a Mass to celebrate the new legal year and Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the National Association of Catholic Lawyers of the Lagos Archdiocese.

The Cathedral administrator, Rev. Fr. Marcellinus Teco, who delivered Martins’ message, urged the lawyers to rise up to the occasion and use their influence to turn things around for the country.

According to him: “If we live, we live for the Lord; if we die, we die for the Lord, so that alive or dead we belong to the Lord.”

He said most of the evils being witnessed across the globe arise from deep-rooted hatred that could have been averted by forgiveness.

He said mercy and forgiveness should be at the heart of the Christian life, most especially lawyers because of their work as advocates for justice.

“The power of true love is forgiveness. We must all as Christians revisit our attitudes on forgiveness because the worst thing that could happen to a Christian is when the person loses the capacity to forgive,” Martins asserted.

He said with love and ability to forgive, the world would be a better place for us to live in.

Chaplain of National Association of Catholic Lawyers, Lagos Archdiocese, Rev. Fr. Raymond Anoliefo, commended the lawyers.

He wished them well as they commenced a new legal year, charging them to be fair in all their dealings, irrespective of whose ox is gored.

He said no nation attains great height without a vibrant legal system, warning lawyers not to let monetary inducement or ethnic affiliation becloud their judgement when it comes to discharging their duties as Christian lawyers.

Truth, Rev. Fr. Anoliefo charged, should be their watchword.

President of the Association, Geraldine E. Wey Esq, expressed joy for another AGM of the association.

She thanked God for another fruitful year in the life of the body, pointing out that the association has done much in the area of improving administration of criminal justice system in the last one year.

“Through several of our projects, we intend to expand our intervention in the prisons by handling more cases and at another level, to address the matters concerning the administration of criminal justices in the state,” she stated.

Speaking further, Wey explained the association has visited the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution and written to the Attorney General of Lagos State in a bid to interface with him.

While pledging N500,000 to the church renovation works, Wey assured that the National Association of Catholic Lawyers, Lagos Archdiocese, will continue to promote Christian values in the pursuit and discharge of their duties as lawyers.

Other dignitaries at the event included: national president of the association, Senator Mike Ajegbo, CON; Chief Goddy Uwazurike; Mrs. Elizabeth Akah, Chairperson, Planning Committee and many other lawyers and well-wishers.

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