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Healthcare: Why cardiac arrest is rampant among Nigerian lawyers ─SAN

*Prince Lateef Olasunkanmi Fagbemi, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, has attributed cardiac arrest causing sudden deaths of several Nigerian lawyers to lack of physical exercise and proper functioning of the heart

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Citing lack of physical exercise and proper functioning of the heart in many, Prince Lateef Olasunkanmi Fagbemi, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and Chairman of 2021 Nigerian Lawyers Football League, has lamented how cardiac arrest contributes to the sudden death of several lawyers in the country.

Prince Fagbemi, who disclosed this while addressing an audience of legal practitioners at the lawyers’ yearly football games in Abuja, FCT, said the sudden deaths occasioned by cardiac arrest had become worrisome among Nigerian lawyers in recent times, agency report said.

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Represented on the occasion by Mr. Sam Tomi Ologunorisa, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Fagbemi noted that football has proved to be a veritable tool of uniting Nigerians of different backgrounds, in addition to sharpening the health of individuals.

He attributed the unfortunate development to lack of physical exercise and proper functioning of the heart.

The senior lawyer, during their ongoing yearly football games, attributed the ugly trend to too much burden being carried by lawyers on behalf of other citizens.

In order to reverse the trend, Fagbemi reportedly pleaded with lawyers, especially the young ones to always endeavour to free themselves from stress by participating in various forms of sporting events.

The SAN noted: “Lawyers are by training, burden bearers for others. These they do in several courts at the expense of their well-being, especially challenges to their healthcare.

“I want to appeal to all lawyers in this country, especially the young ones, that as we act as burden bearers for others in the course of practicing our noble law profession, it will not be out of place if we find time to act as football tigers on the fields.”

According to Fagbemi, “we are lawyers and burden bearers in courts, for God’s sake, let us also become tigers on the football pitch.

“And it is my hope that we shall be well guided in sports just like we do in law and court regulations.”

The SAN described the yearly soccer tournament as a noble idea helping legal practitioners to showcase their potential in this regard.

He added that the annual soccer tournament would not only promote unity among lawyers but promote good health.

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