The Nigerian Bar Association has called on popular social media comedian, Lasisi Elenu to exercise caution in the way he represents the profession in his line of work.
The multi-talented comedian who depicts different characters in his skits recently added that of being a lawyer to his catalogue. Lasisi adds humour to his imaginary court proceedings with high-sounding words while quoting non-existent parts of the constitution.
Reacting to his latest video, Habeeb Lawal, Assistant National Publicity Secretary of the Nigerian Bar Association wrote “We beg to use you as a point of reference to all other comedians. Lawyers have awesome sense of humour, as such we enjoy your jokes & appreciate the creativity. “However, if you must represent our profession in your works kindly ensure you properly adorn the wig, bip & gown.
“We acknowledge your right of expression, but NOTE that we also reserve the rights to take all necessary steps to guide against the ridicule of our noble profession and @NigBarAssoc shall not hesitate to exercise those rights.
“In the likely event that you need a guide on how to make a joke about lawyers without ridiculing our appearance, here is a good guide.”
Social media users who joined the conversation believe there are issues affecting the legal profession that are more serious than how a wig and bip is worn.
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.”
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.”