One of the newly inaugurated Senior Advocates of Nigeria, Mr. Asamah Kadiri, has distanced himself from his photograph that appeared in a congratulatory message last week in a national daily
In a statement made available to ASKLEGALPALACE, Kadiri said it may be because the well-wishers were not aware of the policy that prohibits such congratulatory publications.
Furthermore, he said he neither approved, nor authorized any such message to be published on him in any newspaper.
“It has come to my attention that a couple of relatives and friends and well-wishers have put out congratulatory messages in the media, including, newspapers, in celebration of the conferment of the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria on me.
“As understanding as the euphoria of the excitement and joy of the numerous well-wishers is, it is very likely that they do not know about the policy prohibiting the publication of congratulatory advertorials in the newspapers and other social media platforms.
“In as much as I appreciate the overwhelming outpouring of love by the numerous well-wishers, I state that nobody whatsoever ever sought my prior consent or authorization to publish or post any such congratulatory messages in any newspaper and/or social media”. He said
He added, “I did not grant any prior consent and/or authorization to any person or group of persons whatsoever to publish or post any such congratulatory messages in any newspaper and/or social media or any other medium whatsoever, for me or on my behalf or in my honour.”
Kadiri, SAN, who is also a Partner at the law firm of Jackson, Etti, and Edu, noted that as a new silk, he has committed himself to upholding the highest ethics of the inner bar and will not compromise
He said, ‘As a legal practitioner and a newly admitted member of the Inner Bar, I uphold the highest standards and ethics of the legal profession and I will continue to commit myself to ensuring that the ethics of the Bar and the dignity of the Inner Bar are not compromised in any manner whatsoever.’
The strict rule for all newly sworn-in Senior Advocate of Nigeria prohibits congratulatory adverts in the media, electronic, online, or print.
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