Be Humble, NBA President Tells New SANs
Posted: 11/Oct/2018

The President of the Nigerian Bar Association Mr Paul Usoro SAN has admonished the 30 lawyers conferred with the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria this year to conduct themselves with humility.

He argued that the robe of the SAN rank, usually made of silk, was best worn with humility in dealing with both to fellow lawyers and other members of the society.

He noted that humility exalts a man, describing it as the hallmark of great men.

The NBA President said this in his speech during the swearing-in of the new SANs on September 24, in Abuja.

Usoro said, “You were obviously chosen from the large number of applicants based on your outstanding qualities of, inter alia, intellectual fecundity, hard work, diligence, unparalleled advocacy skills, sense of purpose, consistency, integrity and, not the least, humility.

“I include humility among the qualifying attributes because, sometimes, our colleagues of the inner Bar tend to forget that the rank of SAN is best worn with and in humility.

“Humility, in general terms, exalts a person. In specific terms, humility stands out and elevates a Senior Advocate of Nigeria — to wit, humility to the courts, humility towards your colleagues of the inner and outer Bars, humility towards your clients and indeed humility towards members of the public.

“It is the humility in you that would order and oil your words and speeches in a way that makes them soothing and respectful; it is the humility in you that would permit you to share your deserved front-row seats with members of the outer Bar, who are not entitled to the front-row seats as of right and are unfortunately consigned to stand in a crowded and sometimes, stuffy courtroom and wait while you conduct your case because all the seats to which they are entitled are already occupied.

“Humility, that is actually the hallmark of great men and you must not forget that fact while adorning your SAN rank.”

By:Oladimeji Ramon
The Punch News