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I was going through my email and stumbled upon plethora of comments, questions and observations of readers of Young Lawyers column, so this week decided to share these readers’ opinions to let them know that we listen to what they have to say and also, to encourage others to do the same:
ON JUSUN STRIKE: Your input towards ending the strike action embarked upon by the judiciary staff members in Nigeria is quite commendable, more grace to your wisdom. However you sound more like a lawyer who has been affected by the strike. Probably your client is in a fix and you need to make an application before the court either for bail or discharge. For me I think the strike should continue until the right thing is done.

THE CHANGE, JUDICIARY EXPECTS: Sir, I read your column in Daily Trust newspaper. So sad that part of the three arms of government, the judiciary, could be so neglected. Judiciary staff are suffering. You may not believe this but a level 6 staff in the Court of Appeal earns not up to N30,000 in Abuja where everything is so expensive. This incoming government must find something to solve this marginalisation.
Obafemi Taiwo

Sir, I humbly write and commend your column, Young Lawyers Column, which is one of my best columns. I would like to use this opportunity to inquire if I can be sending my contributions as a young lawyer in order to enhance the administration of justice in the country.
 Hassan L.S Malumfashi Esq.

LAWYERS IN NIGERIA POLICE: Your exposition on the attitude of some lawyers in the Nigeria Police Force is commendable. However it is pertinent to note that the issue of professional misconduct in respect thereof is one that cuts across board. Our value system in Nigeria is such that most things are mechanical as opposed to organic and progressive, in line with global best practices. In my view, a lot of blame should go to the Nigerian Law School for inculcating the spirit of superiority complex on our lawyers. I make bold to state that unless the educational curriculum of the NLS is improved upon by introducing other entrepreneurial programmes to enable would-be lawyers to look beyond the court room for survival, the adversarial posture of some lawyers will be hard to eradicate.

TEACH ME HOW TO FISH: There must be willingness from the juniors not only to learn but to uphold good values and improve on them. Most times the juniors’ values and goals are radically different, you should do things the old fashioned way, earn them. Patience is not in their dictionary sometimes, but there are no short cuts to success, you see, you are already measuring success by the size of your bank accounts. Successful people are not measured that way, what contributions have you made to the profession and society? What positive impact have you had on people around you with the little you know?
Adam Yerima

I read your article on being a surety, please I have a few questions; my brother was picked up by the law enforcement officers – the charges against him were criminal conspiracy, criminal breach of trust and fraud. While he was still being detained, I brought a surety for him to be released on bail, on that day I was asked to countersign. I am a youth corper and I don’t believe I qualify to be a surety, my brother has now violated the conditions of his bail (as he has stopped reporting to the police station, am I now in trouble because of this?

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