The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has faulted the National Executive Committee of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) position on the crisis in Southern part of the state which led to cancellation of his invitation to speak at the lawyers conference.
It would be recalled that the NBA 2020 Annual General Conference Planning Committee, had invited Governor El-Rufai to speak at its conference but the association’s leadership later rescind its decision after members rejected El-Rufai as speaker.
As stated, no fewer than 3,000 lawyers signed a petition against the participation of el-Rufai as a key speaker at the conference on allegations that the Governor has no regard for rule of law and does not obey court judgments.
But, reacting to the decision, the Governor regretted that despite lawyers important role in nation’s building, the NBA leadership could give in to sentiments, unsubstantiated claims and endorse a one-sided narrative in taking its decision.
Through a statement released to newsmen by his Special Adviser on Media and Communications, Muyiwa Adekeye, El-Rufai clarified that he would not be dettered by the NBA decision and would continue to make his voice heard on the things needed for the country’s progress.
He added that he was not agitated that he has one less speaking engagement since the decision about who speaks at the event is solely for the NBA and that he never sought to speak at the conference in the first place.
“The circumstances of the last few days warrant some comments. That a professional organisation has elected to endorse a one-sided narrative on a profound national issue is something that its members may wish to reflect upon.
“For an association, whose bread and butter is about justice to make a ruling based on the stridency of people who lampoon judicial processes against certain individuals without hearing the other side is odd.
“It bears noting that in its response to pressure, the NBA leadership has signalled an unfortunate embrace of injustice, unfairness, absence of fair hearing and total disregard for the rule of law,” the statement read.