– NBA has apologised to Governor Nasir el-Rufai over what it referred to as unintended embarrassment
– The association said that it is deeply sorry for the withdrawal of an invitation to Governor el-Rifai
– The NBA made it clear that it does not support ethnic or religious sentiments in any way
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The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has sent a letter of apology to Governor of Kaduna, Nasir el-Rufai over the initial withdrawal of an invitation for its annual general conference.
The NBA had invited Governor el-Rufai to appear as a guest speaker at the forthcoming conference, but had withdrawn the invitation after its Kaduna chapter kicked against the decision.
However, in a statement on Friday, the president of the association, Paul Usoro, expressed deep regret over what he described as unintended embarrassment to the governor and took full responsibility for it.
Usoro also disclosed that he has apologised to the Nigerian Governors’Forum and maintained that the NBA does not in any way support ethnic or religious sentiments.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has reacted to the NBA’s withdrawal of its invitation of el-Rufai to its 2020 Annual General Conference (AGC).
The NBA had on Thursday, August 20, withdrawn El-Rufai’s invitation following outrage by some of its members and a section of the public.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 Jigawa state chapter of the NBA had threatened not to participate in the 2020 Virtual Annual General Conference.
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 gathered 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.
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