Enter Keyamo, SAN By Louis Odion FNGE

Keyamo (SAN) and the Source-Late Chief Gani Fawehinmi (SAN)

In his
characterization of the good lawyer, iconic Sapara William described
him/her as one devoted to the protection and direction of his/her people. The
words of Nigeria’s first solicitor in
history were uttered in the 19th century. He could have been speaking of Festus Keyamo, the people’s lawyer,
recently admitted into the elite echelon of the Senior Advocates of Nigeria. It is an honor well deserved.

Sapara Williams of Great Memory

Brilliant,
eloquent and courageous, Festus’
professional trajectory over the years has been a profile in dedication to the
common good; deploying law as a tool for social justice for the most vulnerable
in the society, a platform to speak truth to power, wrestle with entrenched
interests.

Barrister Festus Keyamo (SAN)

At huge
personal risk, he rallied and led “a million man march” against Abacha on Lagos streets in 1998 to
counter Daniel Kanu’s rented YEAA
(Youth Earnestly Ask for Abacha) rooting for the dictator’s transmutation to
civilian president at a time when the price for dissent in Nigeria was bullet and bomb.

Author, Louis Odion FNGE, appreciating excellence in a legal icon

On a
personal note, Festus and I met and began our careers in law and journalism
respectively in Lagos twenty-five
years ago and have over the years grown from being friends to brothers. He has
proved a fiercely loyal friend, in good times and in bad times. The kind of
friend who sticks closer than a brother.  
Big
congrats, my brother

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