A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr. Dele Adesina, has expressed concern over the growing rate of domestic violence in Nigeria. Speaking during a visit to members of the Lagos branch of the International Federation of Women lawyers (FIDA), Nigeria on Wednesday, January 29, 2020, Adesina warned that if not curtailed, the trend would create serious problems of social dislocation and dysfunction and the attendant erosion of family values in the country.
Mr. Adesina, a former Secretary General of the Nigerian Bar Association, enjoined members of the association to continue in their advocacy towards ending the scourge. He described as tasking the effort needed to change the violence narrative and urged for more concerted action by FIDA and other Nigerians.
“I know the role you have played in advocating for the wellbeing of women and families. The task has been daunting and onerous, but you have done creditable well. I urge you to continue in this regard for the health of our family system”, the Senior Advocate said.
Continuing he said, “I must commend you for continually promotjng the rights of women and children in the society. I have to also commend the President of NBA, Paul Usoro SAN, for re-constituting the Women’s Forum of the NBA under the leadership of Prof. Yemisi Gbamigbose SAN, a distinguished and very erudite scholar. This is a right step in a right direction.”
On the issue of regular face off between lawyers and security agencies, especially the Nigerian Police, Adesina said it was unfortunate that rather than seeing lawyers as partners, the case has been the sad reported humiliation and brutalisation of lawyers by officers of the police force.
He stated that the level of responsiveness by the NBA to such cases of police brutalisation and other national issues need to be improved upon and suggested that the NBA should work in collaboration with governmental agencies and its auxiliaries in formulating policies that focus on improving the welfare of lawyers and members of the society. .