The President of the Fako Lawyers Association (FAKLA), Barrister Felix Agbor Balla, has exhorted the newly sworn-in Lawyers, Solicitors and Notaries of the Cameroon Bar Association to stand up and fight against marginalisation, oppression and injustice in the legal corps in Cameroon.
Barrister Agbor Balla made the call at the Buea Appeal Court on Thursday, June 28, 2018, after the swearing-in of some 100 young advocates into the Cameroon Bar Association. The swearing-in ceremony came after two years of rigorous training.
The FAKLA President said he was upbeat that the new cream of lawyers will uphold the tenets of the legal profession.
“It is a good thing for them to have joined a profession which is going through a very difficult situation. We are at a cross road in the legal profession and also as citizens of this country. We hope and expect that when they join this profession, they will equally fight for justice, marginalisation and oppression of the people. This, is because a lawyer is an advocate of justice, somebody who fight for the oppressed and not just a profession to make money, but serving the people,” he asserted.
He said the hurdles that have bedevilled the legal profession, especially Common Law in Cameroon need men and women of mettle to handle them.
In this regards, he said, the newly sworn-in advocates will be judged by how much they serve the oppressed by fighting against marginalisation.
“The challenges of the law profession some 10 years ago are not what we have today. This is because the lawyer today must be an advocate who speak for the people and must be seen to be supportive of the people’s struggle.”
Meanwhile, taking the queue, the President of the Bar Council, Barrister Jackson Ngnie Kamga, reminded the newly sworn-in advocates of what the Bar Association demands of them.
Going by him, “the Bar is an association of disciplined ladies and gentlemen with dignity and respect. It is an association of members with high moral virtues. The Bar is neither an association of disorganised group of people nor a political organisation. But members can belong to political parties and run for offices,” Barrister Ngnie Kamga said.