The Nigerian Bar Association has withdrawn its invitation to Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai, following protests from some lawyers.The theme of the conference is: ‘Am I a Nigerian – A Debate on National Identity, the Indigeneship -Citizenship Conundrum.
The NBA announced this in a tweet on via its Twitter handle @NigBarAssoc.
The tweet read:
“The National Executive Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association at its ongoing meeting resolves that the invitation to the Kaduna State Governor, H.E. Nasir El-Rufai, by the 2020 Annual General Conference Planning committee be withdrawn and decision communicated to the Governor.”
The petition to stop the governor from attending annual general Conference which was started by a lawyer, Usani Odum, had garnered over 3,150 signatures on Change.Org as of 4 pm on Thursday, August 20, 2020.
The NBA conference, which holds from August 24-26, 2020, is expecting the Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), in attendance. Other noted dignities expected to speak includes; former Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State, Governor Wike of Rivers State and a former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili.
In a letter addressed to the Chairman, Technical Committee on Conference Planning, NBA, Prof. Koyinsola Ajayi, some lawyers said that the governor should not be allowed to speak in the conference.
The letter, which was signed by Silas Onu and Auta Nyada and 10 allegations was listed against el-Rufai and his son, Bello, who is a Special Adviser to Kaduna Central lawmaker, Senator Uba Sani.
The lawyers also referenced many controversial utterances of the governor, including a threat during the run-up to the general elections in 2019 that any external interference in the poll would leave Nigeria in body bags..