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By Ibrahim HassanWuyo

One group, the Northern Youth Initiative for Peace and Good Governance has flayed the attempt by some lawyers of northern origin to split the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA.

The group’s president, Umar Faruk Lawal, in a statement, pleaded that those who advocated the formation of a New NBA should sheathe their sword and provide the necessary support and advice to Olumide Akpata’s chief executive for better service delivery.

According to the statement, “We carefully and meticulously examined recent developments in the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), especially as it relates to the withdrawal of the invitation from the Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasiru El-Rufai, as Keynote Speaker for the NBA 2020 Annual General Conference. “

According to him, despite the uproar that the disinvitation generated in some sectors, the development should not lead to something adverse happening in the NBA.

“The NBA represents the strongest and strongest voice of the voiceless in Nigeria, especially since the country returned to Democratic Government in 1999. It is an incontrovertible fact that the NBA is powerful in Nigeria and this is possible due to its numerical strength.” .

“We wish to call on those who are advocating for the formation of a New Nigeria Bar Association to sheathe their sword and provide the necessary support and advice to the executive led by Mr. Olumide Akpata for better service delivery.

For the record, following unanswered questions about the credibility of the NBA national officials’ elections on July 29-30, the visionary new president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Olumide Akpata, has created an Electoral Reform and Audit Committee. audit the body’s elections in 2016, 2018 and 2020, respectively.

The committee, headed by Ayo Akintunde (SAN), will also recommend reforms for future electoral systems and processes. The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA, which should be the conscience of a nation in dire straits, is currently taxed with balkanization. “

“The Nigerian Bar Association, which is the largest professional membership association in Nigeria and the most influential network of legal professionals in Africa, should at all times be a model for other professional associations in Nigeria.”

“The NBA is not a political party and therefore it should not allow the infiltration of politicians in its internal crisis. The NBA should not allow its fold to be divided along regional and religious lines. It is said that “charity begins at home.” The lawyers of all civilizations are known as defenders of peace and unity. But looking at what is currently happening, it is a terrible oxymoron that those who are known as advocates of peace and unity are the ones who fan the embers of disunity and conflict in the NBA. “

While congratulating new NBA president Olumide Akpata on his recent election and inauguration as the 30th president of the Nigerian Bar Association, the group said his appearance in the election was a well-deserved victory considering his impeccable record in the Bar Association and its entire legal career.

“In fact, he has engraved his name in history as the first Nigerian Non-Senior Lawyer (SAN) in recent times to become the President of the Nigerian Bar Association, which is the largest Bar Association in Africa. We invoke almighty God to grant you the wisdom and tenacity of purpose necessary to bring this exalted body of lawyers to an enviable height.

We urge all Nigerian lawyers, both in the Bar Association and in the Court, to support the NBA leadership skillfully led by Mr. Olumide Akpata so that it may succeed beyond human comprehension. The unity of the members of the NBA is sacrosanct when it comes to the evolution of modern Nigeria. “

Nigerians need a platform to interact with the government and there is no better known platform than the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA). This balkanization movement is capable of weakening the NBA. This proposed balkanization of the NBA is going to kill the very soul of a country already fractured by a lack of homogeneity of purpose and direction.

“The apparent balkanization of the NBA is the recipe for national disaster. It will further expand the flaws that are being fixed so far and expand the divisions that will be of no use to us. Once we now reason on the basis of Zonal or Regional consideration or religious persuasion, Nigeria becomes the ultimate loser. NBA is a body of lawyers whose responsibility is to provide legal representation in the eyes of the law in the administration of justice.

“The ultimate resolve to drag him down the path of perdition through the primitive ethnicization of the body, or North-South Division, is a sine qua non for anarchy. We can exploit what appear to be our differences to assume a place of strength in nation building. Our languages ​​and tribes, as they say, may differ, but in brotherhood we remain. “

“The Northern Youth Leadership Initiative for Peace and Good Governance urges that aggrieved individuals in the NBA come to court when necessary to seek redress. This is what can be obtained in a Constitutional Democracy and not ask for the balkanization of the Bar Association. From our findings, there is no real cause or reason for this break, “they stated.

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