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NBA warns Lasisi Elenu over false depiction of lawyers

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The Nigerian Bar Association has called on popular social media comedian, Lasisi Elenu to be careful in the manner in which he portray lawyers in his videos.

Lasisi Elenu who depicts different characters in his comic channel recently uploaded a video of being a lawyer in Nigeria.

Lasisi shows funny imaginary scenes of a court proceeding with high sounding words while mentioning parts that does not exist in the constitution.

In reaction to his latest video, the Assistant National Public Secretary of the Nigerian Bar Association, Habeeb Lawal, in a written statement expressed that in reference to all other comedian who might come up with the idea of portraying a lawyer in any of their videos, should understand that lawyers have an awesome sense of humour, and that they enjoy their jokes and creativity.

He however said that, if any comedian wants to play the role of a lawyer in their future videos, they must properly wear the wigs, bip and gown.

The statement reads that they understand their rights to freedom of expression but NBA also have the right the warn anyone who is seen ridiculing the profession and that the Nigeria Bar Association will not hesitate to take action.

It says in the event that a guide will be needed on how to make jokes about lawyers without ridiculing the way they look, then there is a good guide for that.

Social media users who made their comment on the matter stressed that there are more Serious problems to solve in the legal profession rather than telling people how to adorn gown, wig or bip.

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Lending support to Olusegun’s comment, SoccerYard @Kayojek wrote, “And possibly try do away with that wig on their addled heads. This is 2020!”

Another user xeenarh @xeenarh wrote, “I hope you are not speaking on behalf of the NBA. Because as an NBA member, I recognise comedy and this unnecessary positioning of yours and trying to police criticism is unbecoming.”

Ifade Olusegun @OlusegunIfade reacting to Habeeb’s position wrote “Irrelevant position! There are major issues affecting your profession that your NBA can face, like lawyer being paid 30-50k monthly….instead of majoring in minor.”

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Abudulrasheed Mubarak is a freelance content creator. He starting his writing career in 2011. He is a graduate of Auchi Polytechnic, Auchi in Urban and Regional Planning.