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The LIONS AND FOXES In The Nigerian Bar Association

Recently, i wrote an editorial published by The Vanguard, The Nation and the Nigerian Tribune Newspapers on the politics of Elitism in Nigeria titled: “Battle Between Lions and Foxes”.

Using the work of Italian Scholars, Genato Mosca, Vildredo Pareto and Robert Mitchel, I perused into the reasons behind the continuous ruling of the tiny minority Elites – the owners of means of production, the top military genius and the political generals etc – above the absolute majority – the middle and lower cadres – civil/public servants, private employees, artisans etc- and concluded that the tiny Elites, classified as the LIONS, will rule till eternity over the common people, tagged as the FOXES.

However, corroborating the position of Robert Mitchel, I recommended that the panacea out of the hegemony of LIONS is for the FOXES who have the numbers, energy, creativity and passion to their advantage, to UNITE and speak with ONE VOICE against the forces of Elitism and they shall TRIUMPH amazingly.

Lawyers in Nigeria are currently voting for who will take over from Paul Usoro, SAN, as the President of Nigerian Bar Association (NBA). The Presidency of NBA used to be a position reserved through an unwritten law for the Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SANs) not until young lawyers decided to challenge this TANGLE of Injustice.

Olumide Akpata, a legal czar on Corporate, Immigration, Merger and Acquisition and Employment is currently leading the revolution against the REIGN OF SANs at the ongoing election of the NBA.

Voting to end 11pm tonight but Akpata, the only non-Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) among three presidential candidates, had polled 8075 votes (53.7 percent) as at 2:02pm today.

His closest challenger, Dr Babatunde Ajibade SAN has garnered 3616 votes (24.1 per cent).

A former NBA General Secretary Dele Adesina (SAN) is in the rear with 3343 (22.2 per cent) of the votes cast.

15,034 votes tallied and there were 32 abstentions from the 15,077 votes so far.

A total of 29,636 lawyers are voting nationwide in the electronic poll, according to the Electoral Committee of the NBA.

I am sure we know the winner already?

Nigerian Young Lawyers (FOXES) who are tired of the consistent domination of their senior learned colleagues (THE LIONS), formed a revolutionary cartel around Akpata and the result is what you are seeing now.

I appeal to the younger generation to let us unite. We are the best. The Elites are nothing without us. The LIONS have funded disunity among the FOXES to their advantage but the TIME for liberation is NOW! We can take over the reign of power If we are united. We must not be slaves to seven generations.

CAVEAT: WE PRAY FOR LONG LIVE BUT PLEASE, IF YOU ARE MORE THAN 50 YEARS OF AGE, KINDLY EXCUSE US, WE DO NOT TRUST YOUR SINCERITY AND HONESTY.

– Maxwell Adeyemi Adeleye
July 30th 2020.

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