NBA gives detailed reasons for withdrawing conference invitation to Gov El-Rufai

“I have received several messages from our members that have attributed ethnic and religious considerations to the decision - Usoro
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Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State

The Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, said the withdrawal of Governor Nasir El-Rufai 's invitation was due to the fact that at its 60th Annual General Conference (AGC) only three members of its National Executive Committee, the NEC, endorsed the motion to retain him as a speaker.

Recall THE GAZETTE NIGERIA reported that, following protests from some lawyers, the Association had withdrawn its invitation to Nasir El-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna state.

Following the development, the Association's president, Paul Usoro, said in a statement released Friday that the three people who supported the motion two were Southerners and the other a Christian cleric.

He also said the NBA will remain an organisation that has no religious or racial discrimination.

According to him, he was among the minority who spoke against the withdrawal adding that the decision of the association's National Executive Council can not be overruled.

“I have received several messages from our members that have attributed ethnic and religious considerations to the decision.

“That is not correct and is very far from the truth.

“I would like to state that neither the NBA nor NEC belong to any religious or ethnic group.

“We are lawyers and professionals dedicated to the ideals, promotion and preservation of the Rule of Law and we belong to one indivisible family of the NBA.

“As I point out in my letter, neither the NBA nor NEC set out to sit in judgment against Mallam el-Rufai and even from that point, the principle of fair hearing does not apply.

“We are one united Nigerian Bar Association with no religious, ethnic bias or predisposition and we will forever remain so,”
he said.

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