Saturday 22 May 2021



I was thinking this morning.... while listening to the radio on my way to work last Wednesday, there was a sports report quoting the coach of the Nigeria Basktetball team saying 'You don't prove yourself on paper, you have the court to do that.' For a split second, I got confused if the statement was about sport or the law.

If the court is the place where law cases are heard and decided, what will the basketballers be doing there? Then like a double swinging door, similar to that you find in 'ogoro or tombo bar' in Warri, my mind swung in the opposite direction and I realised that the court is also where they play the game of tennis and basketball.

As I stepped out of the car, carrying my briefcase, I thought, the dictionary says a 'Brief' is the instructions to a barrister while a 'Case' is statement of the facts in a trial, esp. the argument of one side. Why then is a 'Briefcase' not a legal instruction that is a statement of facts? At this point, I advise myself saying 'Wemo, free your mind.'

Because you are a lawyer does not mean when you hear the words 'court', 'brief' and 'case', you think only of law. Free your mind. Those words including 'sentence', 'bar' and 'bench' means different things at different times. Likewise, that you were trained or grew up having one perspective does not mean there are no other perspectives. Free your mind. If only we can allow our mind to swing on a hinge, then we will see things from another perspective and accommodate other opinions and positions.

It is on this basis that I say to the AG of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, 'free your mind and you will realise that open grazing is not the same as spare parts business.' Luke 24:45 says 'Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.' May God open our minds to know the truth in all situations.

Stay hopeful. God's got your back.

Happy Sunday.

......Just the thoughts of a certain Wey Mey

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