Prof. Isa Chiroma (SAN), the Director-General of the Nigerian Law School, said in Abuja on Wednesday that 1,085 candidates, which is 65.09 percent, were successful at the school’s final examinations held in July, while the remaining 35 percent failed.
He revealed this at the presentation of the performance of the candidates at the October 2023 Call to Bar ceremony.
Chiroma enjoined the candidates to make the best of the legal profession and ensure strict adherence to its norms and ethics.
The Director-General said that a total of 1,666 students participated in the July examination and 1,085 were successful.
Speaking further on the performance, Chiroma said both the academic and non-academic members of staff of the school closely monitored the candidates during their training.
He said: “I vouch for each and every one of them as men and women of learning character as demanded by your august body.
“The screening committee of your distinguished body has carefully perused the records of each of the aspirants and found them worthy to be presented for Call to the Nigerian Bar.
“I attest that they are fit and proper persons for Call and admission to the Nigerian Bar.”
In her address, retired Justice Mary Peter-Odili, Chairman of the Body of Benchers, urged the graduands to serve the country with humanity in justice, without fear or favour, disaffection or ill will.
Peter-Odili urged the graduands to constantly enrich themselves with statutes, case laws, while also updating themselves with knowledge of legal opinions so as to be successful lawyers.
She added that the graduands must respect their seniors, adhere strictly to the profession’s dress code and use the social media positively only and not for anything that may bring the profession to disrepute.
Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria, Suleiman Sani, a parent of one of the graduands, appreciated God, adding that being alive to witness the ceremony was one of his greatest achievements.
Sani said: “I have two daughters and they both are now lawyers.
“One of them was Called to Bar three years ago.
“Today, the younger one is also a graduate.
“It is indeed a divine privilege to witness this and I appreciate God for not allowing all our efforts to go in vain.
“It was not easy, but Allah did it for us and we are grateful and happy.”
Sani also prayed for all the graduands, wishing them a successful career and advised them to remain grateful to their parents.