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NBA: You’ve a voice, yet lives wasted in Kaduna daily- Nigerians rages

By Oluwaseun Sonde

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“So Northern lawyers are threatening to pull out of the Bar Conference organised by the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) because of Governor Nasir El-Rufai? So you people have a voice and know how to use it, yet innocent people are being slaughtered like cows in your region daily”, Nigerian raged.

Recently, lots have been happening over the withdrawal of Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai’s invitation by the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), as one of the speaker of its Annual Conference scheduled to hold very soon due to massive killing in some part of the State, which has caused the Northern lawyers to threaten to pull out of the Conference.

This has led to lots of controversies among Nigerians as they took to social media platform to express their anger on the stand of the Northern lawyers. A Nigerian which her name is withheld said, “So Northern lawyers are threatening to pull out of the Bar Conference and the NBA?

“So you people have a voice and know how to use it, yet innocent people are being slaughtered like cows in your region daily? God will punish all of you. In fact, boycott the NBA and the Bar Conference and don’t come back at all. Start your own association and remain there. Wicked people”.

@stevedameze said, “It’s pathetic that El-Rufai was called out because of his treatment to people of Southern Kaduna and abuse of court. Yet Northerners are turning it into a North vs. south war. Most unfortunate is that some Yorubas have even made it a SouthEast affair. NOTHING LIKE NIGERIA’S ONENESS”.

Also @salimayofe said, “How did you come up with innocent people. When their is communal clash everybody claims to be innocent. Not only in the North. The leaders in those areas has turn it to business. It’s complicated. Both parties should embrace peace”.

Moreso, @olaayekooto79 said, “Most time Southerners do share the pain of the north than northerners themself, and for record, outside the need to achieve political goal of an Hausa / Fulani politician, their regard for Northern Christian and Minority Isn’t better than the way they treat anyone from the south”.

Another Nigerian @bestmanforallmen said, “It shows that being educated goes beyond going to school…it is the impact of the schooling on u that makes you to be educated..but this Northern lawyers are bunch of certificate theft if not they should be doing this”.

Meanwhile, in a statement released by the Kaduna State Governor earlier, Malam El-Rufai has cleared that he did not seek the platform and is not agitated that he has one less speaking engagement. “However, the circumstances of the last few days warrant some comments. That a professional organisation has elected to endorse a one-sided narrative on a profound national issue is something that its members may wish to reflect upon.

“For an association, whose bread and butter is about justice to make a ruling based on the stridency of people who lampoon judicial processes against certain individuals without hearing the other side is odd. It bears noting that in its response to pressure, the NBA leadership has signaled an unfortunate embrace of injustice, unfairness, absence of fair hearing and total disregard for the rule of law”, El-Rufai said.


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