– The NBA, Dutse, Jigawa branch, has called on the national body to reverse the withdrawal of Governor El-Rufai’s invitation to its annual conference
– The chapter threatened to boycott the conference if the withdrawal is not reversed
– Recall that the NBA had withdrawn El-Rufai’s invitation following outrage by some of its members and a section of the public
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The Jigawa state chapter of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has threatened not to participate in the 2020 Virtual Annual General Conference.
According to Sahara Reporters, the Jigawa chapter of the lawyers’ association made the statement following the withdrawal of invitation earlier sent to Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state.
Legit.ng gathers that the statement was released on Friday, August 21, by the chairman of NBA in Dutse, Garba Abubakar.
The group described as “frivolous” the allegations levelled against Governor El-Rufai, accusing the NBA of not giving him the opportunity to defend himself.
“A section of the country cannot therefore take us for a ride as we all have a fair understanding of the law.
“On the strength of this therefore, we call on the national body under President Paul Usoro (SAN) to reverse the decision with immediate effect else the Nigerian Bar Association Dutse branch will boycott the Virtual Annual General Conference taking place in a few days to come,” the statement read.
The NBA had on Thursday, August 20, withdrawn El-Rufai’s invitation following outrage by some of its members and a section of the public.
The lawyers had kicked against the choice of the governor of Kaduna state as a speaker, saying he “represents the very antithesis of what we profess to defend.”
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) had also called on lawyers from northern part of the country to boycott the NBA’s conference in protest against the “open declaration of war on Northern Kaduna.”
Meanwhile, Governor El-Rufai has said he is not bothered by the decision of the NBA to withdraw the invitation.
The governor’s reaction was made known in a statement on Thursday, August 20, through his spokesperson, Muyiwa Adekeye.
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