A concerned Nigerian citizen based in the United Kingdom, Taye Stephen has done a brilliant article responding to the trending “Go to Court” Article by Mike Ozekhome, a popular legal figure and Senior Advocate of Nigeria. The “Go to court” article that was published earlier this week in virtually all top media platforms both online and print has generated several reactions and controversies from different quarters. Read Taye Stephen’s reactions to it below:
Re: “GO TO COURT”
Dear Prof. Mike Ozekhome, SAN
I read your rather long write up with great interest, and actually enjoyed it with intermittent smiles.
However, while I appreciate your perspective on the court system, which you challenged readers to “Go To Court”, I must disagree with your caricature intention of the very system that you yourself belong to as a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN). Your portrayal of the court system as a tool of oppression that only serves the interests of the wealthy and powerful is both inaccurate and unfair.
The court system is an essential component of our democracy and plays a crucial role in ensuring justice for all. While it is true that there are instances of corruption and abuse of power within the system, it is equally true that there are countless examples of judges and lawyers who work tirelessly to uphold the rule of law and protect the rights of ordinary citizens like me and several others.
As a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, you have a responsibility to uphold the integrity of the legal profession and promote the values of justice, fairness, and equity. Your caricature intention of the court system only serves to undermine these values and erode public trust in the legal system. I therefore urge you to reconsider your position and use your position of influence to advocate for meaningful reforms that strengthen the judiciary and promote access to justice for all Nigerians.
And yes, I would not “Go To Court” following my disagreement with your article, but trust that you and other just minded in the justice system will always be there to ensure a just society.