Opinion: Open letter to Professor Itse Sagay (SAN) – By NIRAN ADEDOKUN

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I feel very privileged to be able to address this letter to you. As one of the leading lights in the teaching and practice of law in Nigeria, the opportunity to speak to you, a teacher of teachers and an accomplished legal luminary, is what someone, a relative non-starter in the area in which you are an authority in, should cherish forever. I do not take this lightly.

Aside from your role in the training of some of the foremost lawyers that this country has ever seen, one can also not make light of your contribution to the promotion of democracy and democratic governance in Nigeria. At the risk of your life in the days of the military era, I recall your selfless identification with the common people and your impatience with totalitarianism.

So, when you were named Chairman of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, one felt a compelling sense of gratification. First, that your years of service to fatherland, finally, were being recognised and secondly, that you would be able to deploy your wealth of experience and intellectual acumen to assist this government in preparing Nigeria for a future devoid of the shameless sense of compromise that had gripped its soul. punch

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