Minister for Information and Culture, Alh. Lai Mohammed last week described the first female Senior Advocate of Nigeria ( SAN) and Yeyemofin of Ife, Chief Folake Solanke (SAN) as a role model, not only for women, but also for men. He was speaking at private dinner organised by J-K Gadzama LLP in honour of Chief Solanke who was the guest lecturer at the 10th edition of the J-K Gadzama LLP annual public lecture.
He commended Chief J-K Gadzama (SAN) for organising this year’ s lecture with the topic “Whistle blowing policy: peoples power and corruption in Nigeria”, and stated that the media must support the fight against corruption. “Fighting corruption is not easy because corruption must fight back. The government has recovered N88billion and S43Million just from whistle blowing alone,” the Minister said.
Justice Sidi Dauda Bage (JSC) thanked God for the life of Chief Solanke (SAN) and stated that good lawyers like her make the work of judges very easy. “When you take their briefs and go through them, you easily understand the facts in issue. This help to write your judgment. But today if you take briefs, you will be confused on which way the judgment should go.
Similarly, Justice G. O. Kolawole of the Federal High Court, said Solanke’s deep seated interest in the legal profession and intellectual development has made her a role model for all. “Her contributions to the profession reinforced my determination to always support what is good in the profession. Mama is a beacon of hope to the younger generation,” Justice Kolawole said.
Responding, Chief Solanke thanked the organiser and guests at the event. She urged Nigerians to allow the rule of law to guide the nation out of its current difficulties. She decried the allegations of corruption against the judiciary and urged lawyers and Judges to live above board and be incorruptible. When I became a lawyer 54 years ago, and when I became a Senior Advocate of Nigeria 30 years ago, there were no allegations of corruption in the legal profession,” she lamented.