The Muslim Lawyers Association of Nigeria, Kaduna branch, has threatened to boycott the upcoming Nigeria Bar Association Conference after the invitation extended to the Kaduna governor, Nasir El-Rufai, was withdrawn by the leaders of the association few days ago, following a petition led by some group of lawyers.
Mr El-Rufai had been scheduled to speak at the NBA conference on August 26-29. His inclusion, however, sparked protests among several lawyers who pushed for his withdrawal.
The chairman of the Muslim Lawyers Association, Abbas Masanawa,in a press briefing insisted that the NBA decision was without fair hearing, parochial, sentimental, disuniting and tainted with favouritism and ethno-religious considerations. Hence, his members will not be attending the conference.
However, the President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Paul Usoro, yesterday said that the NEC’s decision yesterday had no ethnic or religious motives. he also stated that many members of the NBA signed to remove El-Rufai as one of the speaker..
Earlier, the Jigawa State branch of the NBA had also threatened to boycott the event “if El-Rufai is not recalled.”