Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Wahab Shittu, has urged Nigerians not to be too hard on former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu and wife, Beatrice.
Shittu also urged Nigerians to resist the temptation of being absolutely judgemental, knowing every human is fallible.
In a statement headlined "The travails of the Ekweremadus - who will cast the first stone?" that was released on Sunday, he made the request.
Senator Ike Ekweremadu was given a 10-year prison sentence by a UK court, while his wife received a six-year sentence for the same act.
"I have closely followed the proceedings in the Ekweremadus' case leading to the couple's conviction and sentencing yesterday in what appeared to be dramatic and harrowing circumstances," the statement read.
As employees of the temple of justice and other people preoccupied with the theory of justice, it is simple to assume that justice has been done. However, will that assumption accurately reflect the facts, particularly in the context of parental responsibility?The majority of the comments I've seen have been harsh and unpleasant against the Ekweremadus, both in support of and opposition to their activities.
Knowing that everyone is susceptible to error, we should likewise resist the need to be implacably judgmental. According to The Nation.
And so, as the pair was split up and led to separate jail cells yesterday, my heart broke at the end of a once-impressive political career, a broken love, and the separation of parents from their kids and other loved ones.
"I shall not desire for anyone to experience the tremendous tragedy that is the Ekweremadus in these strange conditions. So painful and heartbreaking.
"And while the body of jurisprudence may have delighted that justice was carried out, the question of how much of a price in the broader parenting context?
He said, "My heart goes out to the Ekweremadus as they rise to meet the judgement of fate.
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