The speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara, has emphasised on the need to improve on the crop of lawyers produced by the universities in order to improve on the nation’s rule of law and due process.
Speaking when he received a delegation of Law Students Representatives Council from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State in his office, he also urged them to be innovative and bring the much needed difference that will reposition governance in the country.
He said, “We need good lawyers in this country. We need good lawmakers because as you have heard it been said, democracy is dependent on rule of law and due process. Everything revolves around due process and rule of law.
“So, it, therefore, means that your democracy can only be as strong as your laws because it is your laws that serve as the pivot upon which democracy is built.
“And so, we need sound lawyers to represent people in court and to ensure justice that is due to our citizens is actually given to them. And much more, we need sound lawyers in the institutions like the National Assembly to ensure that the laws we are making meet the expections and yearnings of our people.”
Hon Dogara went further to challenge the delegation to push for innovation and new approaches in the field of law in order to increase their knowledge and make groundbreaking changes.
He also advised them and all Nigerian youths to take advantage of the Not Too Young to Run law passed by the National Assembly to participate in politics in order to transform governance in a manner that will be beneficial to all Nigerians.
“The reason for the passage of the law was not just to bring young people into government or to expand the political space but one of the key motivating factor was to ensure that we have a difference in leadership because if the engagement of the youths in this manner cannot transform into any meaningful manner, the way and manner we govern ourselves , then ultimately the aim would have been defeated,” he said, while adding, “We should have better leaders and with discipline, you will get there and I hope you will not disappoint us.”
Earlier, Mr Olawumi Tobi, leader of delegation, thanked the Speaker for receiving them on their visit to the National Assembly and sharing his experiences as a legal practitioner and legislator with them.
Mr. Tobi revealed that speaker Dogara gives hope and inspiration to Nigerian youths with his support for the not too young to run and other youth friendly legislations in the National Assembly.