It is my pleasure to congratulate the 62 successful applicants for the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria, many of whom I know personally and I have interacted with professionally.
Surely, to attain the lofty rank of SAN is a culmination of years of ambition, passion and sacrifice, and the elation and fanfare that follows the announcement and investiture makes the hard-work worthwhile. What is even more gratifying is the sheer privilege the rank affords the bearer. It is for the sake of such privilege that a bearer, rather than be complacent, must redouble efforts as practitioner and academician, to live up to the high expectation of our professional colleagues and indeed the country.
You must upon your investiture, wear your rank with decorum, dignity and character. You must be above board in all that you do as advocates and as individuals as you become a standard through which our profession is measured. You must never forget this.
Once again I congratulate you and members of your family, many of whom went on this professional journeys with you, on this remarkable attainment and I look forward to working with each of you in the overall interest of the Bar. I look forward to welcoming you to the Inner-Bar.
Yakubu Chonoko Maikyau, SAN