NBA: Ikeja, Kano, PH, Other Branches Call To Boycott Confab Over El-Rufa.

Branches of the Nigerian Bar Association in Katsina, Ikeja, Abeokuta, Kano, Port Harcourt and other major towns on Sunday said they would attend the NBA annual general meeting starting on Wednesday.

The groups, in separate interviews with our correspondents, faulted the call by the Kaduna State branch of the Muslim Lawyers Association of Nigeria for all Muslim lawyers to withdraw from the conference because of the NBA’s withdrawal of the invitation to the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, who was initially one of the speakers at the meeting

But the branch of the association in Bauchi insisted on its position that it would not attend the conference if the NBA failed to rescind its decision to withdraw El-Rufai’s  invitation.

The NBA had, at its meeting on Thursday, withdrawn El-Rufai’s invitation following a petition against him by some lawyers, who cited his poor handling of killings in Southern Kaduna.

The association’s decision had generated diverse reactions with the governor’s Special Adviser on Media and Communications, Mr  Muyiwa Adekeye, in a statement on Thursday, saying it was as one-sided.

In  the statement titled, ‘Mallam El-Rufai will continue to contribute to the national conversation,’ Adekeye said the NBA took the decision without listening to the other side.

The Supreme Council for Shariah in Nigeria also faulted the NBA, saying the association’s decision was irresponsible.

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But groups, including the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union and the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, lauded the NBA for standing on the side of justice.

on Sunday, branches of the NBA differed on the call by MULAN for the boycott of the conference.

Branches of the Nigerian Bar Association in Katsina, Ikeja, Abeokuta, Kano, Port Harcourt and other major towns on Sunday said they would attend the NBA annual general meeting starting on Wednesday.

The groups, in separate interviews with our correspondents, faulted the call by the Kaduna State branch of the Muslim Lawyers Association of Nigeria for all Muslim lawyers to withdraw from the conference because of the NBA’s withdrawal of the invitation to the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, who was initially one of the speakers at the meeting

But the branch of the association in Bauchi insisted on its position that it would not attend the conference if the NBA failed to rescind its decision to withdraw El-Rufai’s  invitation.

The NBA had, at its meeting on Thursday, withdrawn El-Rufai’s invitation following a petition against him by some lawyers, who cited his poor handling of killings in Southern Kaduna.

The association’s decision had generated diverse reactions with the governor’s Special Adviser on Media and Communications, Mr  Muyiwa Adekeye, in a statement on Thursday, saying it was as one-sided.

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In  the statement titled, ‘Mallam El-Rufai will continue to contribute to the national conversation,’ Adekeye said the NBA took the decision without listening to the other side.

The Supreme Council for Shariah in Nigeria also faulted the NBA, saying the association’s decision was irresponsible.

But groups, including the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union and the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, lauded the NBA for standing on the side of justice.

But on Sunday, branches of the NBA differed on the call by MULAN for the boycott of the conference.

We’re attending, there are other competent persons that can be invited – Katsina NBA

The NBA in Katsina said the branch would attend the association’s annual national conference, adding that there were other people that could be invited.

The association’s Assistant Secretary, Barrister Isah Ibrahim, in an interview with The PUNCH, said,  “The NBA Katsina and all its affiliates are attending the congress. We are not part of the boycott. The call for boycott is just by a minute faction of the Kaduna NBA and we here in Katsina are not part of the call for the boycott.

“The issue of whom to invite for the  NBA conference is the prerogative of the annual general conference committee subject to the approval of the National Executive Council of the NBA.

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“Governor El-Rufai was dropped because of issues concerning insecurity in Kaduna, but we believe that there are other qualified and competent personalities who are really performing and who could be invited to deliver lectures.

On his part, the  Chairman of the Osogbo branch of the NBA, Abdulraman Okunade, said personally, he was opposed to the decision of the NEC, but he would attend the conference.

Also, the Kano branch of the association said it would attend the conference.The state  NBA chairman, Aminu Gadanya, who said this   in a telephone interview  with The PUNCH in Kano on Sunday, said, “Even though we are part of the minority, we are participating in the conference because it is binding on us.”

NBA: Ikeja, Kano, PH, Other Branches Call To Boycott Confab Over El-Rufa.

The Chairman of NBA, Port Harcourt branch, Prince Nyekwere, while speaking to  one of our correspondents on Sunday, also said the  branch would attend the meeting.

Reacting to a petition calling for the withdrawal of invitations to former President Olusegun Obasanjo and the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, Nyekwere said the attention of the NBA had not been brought to such a petition. 

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