Senator representing Rivers South-East Senatorial District in the
National Assembly, Magnus Ngei Abe, has said the problem of
Nigeria are Nigerians and not the law.
Abe stated this while speaking to newsmen in Port Harcourt, the
Rivers State capital, shortly after the public presentation of the
book, ‘The Challenge of Justice: A Contemporary Legal Essays in
Honour of BM Wifa, SAN’.
The senator said, the problem with Nigeria is not the law; the
problem with Nigeria is Nigerians. The same laws we have in
Nigeria are the same laws we have in Britain and that is the same
law we have in several other Commonwealth countries, in
Australia, India and all that.
“But when you come to how we interpret the law and how we relate
to one another in connection with the law, the Nigerian factor
comes in.”
Describing the book as a good one, Abe, who is Chairman, Senate
Committee on FERMA, said Wifa, a former Attorney-General of
Rivers State is an icon in the legal profession.
He said, “The book will help all those who are into law practice. I
think the book is a very good one. It is in honour of Barrister Wifa,
SAN, the former Attorney-General of Rivers State, an icon of the
legal profession and a mentor to several young lawyers.
“In his own sense, he is a radical and a reformer as far as the
Nigerian law is concerned. I think what the authors of this book
have done is to put some of his old thoughts and ideas on how to
improve the law into a book. I think that is very commendable”.


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