The fellowship drew its inspiration
from the Lawyers Christian Fellowship (LCF) which started in
England in 1852. This vision was received in the Nigerian Law
School in Lagos in 1979. CLASFON officially started in 1981 when
eleven persons met in Kaduna on the invitation of a young lawyer
called George Ogunyomi who later became its pioneer General
secretary. This was the first gathering of Christian lawyers in
Nigeria beyond the law School. The plan for the start of the
fellowship had earlier started at the Nigerian Law School Lagos
1979/80 set. The first national conference of the Fellowship was
held in Kaduna in 1981, and the leadership structure emerged.
The following has served as its past presidents;
Dr. Wole Olufun – 1981 – 1987
Dr. Chimioke Mbadinuju- 1987 – 1991
Chief Charles Membere – 1991 – 1993
Hon. Peter Jiya – 1994 – 1999
Prof. Bankole Sodipo – 1999 – 2005
Hon. Jonathan Kish Adamu – 2005 – 2008
Mr. Chinwo A. J. Chinwo – 2008 – 2011
Mr. Sunny Abayomi Akanni – 2011 – 2014
Mr. Alozie C. Echeonwu – 2014 – 2017
Mr. Arome M. Okwori – 2017 – Date
CLASFON has been organizing annual National Conferences
since 1981 in various cities across the Federation. Recently, the
Fellowship has adopted Regional settings, thereby creating avenue
for the first regional conferences that took place in 2012; Jos
hosted for Northern Region, Ilorin hosted South Western Region
while the other two regions of South South and South East could
not hold that year. In 2015, the second regional conferences held
in Lokoja for Northern Region, Yenagoa for South South Region,
Onitsha for the South East and Oshogbo for the South West Region
respectively. CLASFON is also affiliated to Advocates
Africa which is the umbrella Christian lawyers’ body in Africa
with its headquarters at Addis-Ababa, and the Advocates
International with its headquarters in the USA. The
Advocate Africa Conference is held biannually, and CLASFON has
hosted the conference twice so far; 1999 in Lagos and 2011 in
Abuja. There are about 40 branches spread across the Federation.
The branches are shared into 4 regions; Northern Region, South
South Region, South East Region and South West Region for proper
administrative operation and efficiency. The regions are headed
by a regional coordinator for each. The regional coordinators are
automatic members of the National Executive Council (NEC).
The branches meets at least once in a month for her fellowship,
and it also carries out activities such as Prison Visitation,
Free legal services, Symposium/Seminar with church leaderships,
etc in line with the aims and Objectives of the fellowship.
The President-in-Council (PiC) is the highest decision
making body of the fellowship, It meets three times in a year in
different places across the regions and plan for the soul and
wellbeing of the fellowship. The statutory members for this
- National Executive Council (NEC).
- All branch chairmen and Secretaries.
- Immediate past National President and Secretary.
- National Directorates coordinators and their secretary.