These are not the best of times for the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Lagos Branch as its members may have shunned a recent Special Court Session in honour of Sir Dixy Oddiri, its deceased one-time branch Secretary and Vice Chairman.

It is recalled that the special court session was scheduled to hold on Monday, 22nd April, 2024 at 2 pm in the premises of the High Court of Lagos State, Oba Akinjobi Way, Ikeja, Lagos.

Decrying the poor turn-out of branch members at the event, the Branch Secretary, Mr. Emuobonuvie Majemite described it as “less than encouraging.”

He stated that “we had a sparse number out of our over 17,000 registered members,” adding that he believed that members “can do better.”

It was unclear at press time what may have led to the poor turn-out.

Below is the full text of the Branch Secretary’s message.

Dear learned silk, seniors and colleagues,

Forgive me for intruding on your night’s rest. I write to thank the few members who were kind and gracious to attend the special court session held in honour of the Late Chief Joseph Edegware Oddiri, better known as Sir Dixy Oddiri. Expectedly, it was an emotive afternoon of rousing eulogies in his honour.

Click here to read the didactic speech of our leader, the Chairman, Mr. Olabisi Makanjuola.

Permit me to take a moment to bemoan the less than encouraging turn out of members at the special court session. Despite our repeated mention of the event at branch meetings, via our Whatsapp and Telegram platforms and via email, we had a sparse number out of our over 17,000 registered members. What is more, while some members contacted me to ask about stamps, others posted information about other lawyer groups in our social media platforms, all during the special court session that we were meant to be attending. I respectfully believe we can do better and urge us, with every sense of responsibility, to accord Bar events the seriousness they deserve.

I am grateful for your time. I wish you all a good night’s rest.

Respectful regards,

Emuobonuvie Alfred Majemite

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