The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), outgoing President, Paul Usoro has announced on Thursday that the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai has been removed on the list of key speakers for the 60th Annual General Conference scheduled to take place virtually from August 26-29.
This comes after masses of lawyers who registered for the Conference threatened to boycott it, as long as the governor is involved. Furthermore, the lawyers urged the association to drop El-Rufai from its line-up of speakers for the session, arguing that he is a bad fit for the NBA’s image.
It is believed that a lot of dissatisfaction for the Kaduna governor, serving his second term, revolves around his general attitude to the rule of law and the way he is controlling the insecurity issue in his state. El-Rufai was also accused of supporting the killings in Southern Kaduna or giving a free pass to the killers.
After days of sustained protests by the lawyers, Usoro announced that the governor’s participation will be withdrawn. The NBA President announced the decision at the association’s National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting on Thursday.
The governor was scheduled to speak during a session tagged ‘Am I a Nigerian- A Debate on National Identity, The Indigeneship- Citizenship Conundrum. It would be recalled that the NBA declared that the session would be a showcase of the conference that would also allow El-Rufai to address the insecurity issues in his state.
Others who are set to speak during the session include Rivers governor, Nyesom Wike; a former Anambra governor, Peter Obi; a former vice presidential candidate, Pastor Tunde Bakare; a former minister, Oby Ezekwesili; and a former ECOWAS commissioner, Salamatu Hussaini.