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September 26, 2020
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El Rufai Slams NBA for Dropping him as Conference Speaker


-says its decision’ s unfair ,unjust

” They should’ve listen to me”

By Danjuma Abdullahi 

As the Nigeria Bar Association(NBA) finally dropped Governor Nasiru Ahmad El- Rufa’i of Kaduna state from the list of speakers during its forthcoming conference, the governor has hit back describing the action as unfair.

El-Rufa’i however,vowed that ’his investments in building a constituency for peace, anchored on the rule of law, respect for the citizenship rights of everyone and an embrace of the obligations of a common humanity will continue.’’

“The leadership of the Nigeria Bar Association(NBA) has embraced injustice, unfairness, lack of fair hearing and total disregard for the rule of law in its decision on who should speak at its Annual General Conference,” he said.

In a statement issued by the Special Adviser on Media and Communication, Mr Muyiwa Adekeye on Thursday night, El Rufai lamented that the NBA based its decision on a one-sided narrative.

‘’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,’’ he added.

The statement  said that although the decision about who speaks at an NBA event is that of the association’s, ‘’Malam El-Rufai wishes to make clear that he did not seek the platform and is not agitated that he has one less speaking engagement.’’

The governor revealed that he accepted the invitation to participate in a panel discussion on national identity based on the request of a   lawyer friend, adding that he ‘’accepted as part of his commitment to having a national conversation and the evolution of a national consensus.’’

According to the statement, these worthy conversations must continue irrespective of platform and El Rufai ‘’ will continue to make his voice heard on the things our country needs to do for its progress.’’

El-Rufai said that he has taken several actions on the security, institutional and technology fronts to address the legacy of violent strife in the state.

The statement pointed out that  the governor made permanent military and police bases a reality in southern Kaduna, after close to 40 years of waiting, adding that he  ‘’set up a Peace Commission to nudge communities to embrace their responsibility to live in peace and harmony.’’

Malam El-Rufai will continue to contribute to the national conversation

According to Mr. Muyiwa Adekeye, Special Adviser to the Governor (Media and Communication)

“When lawyer friends requested Malam Nasir El-Rufai to accept the invitation of the NBA to participate in a panel discussion on national identity, he accepted as part of his commitment to having a national conversation and the evolution of a national consensus.

“NBA platform or not, these worthy conversations must continue. He will continue to make his voice heard on the things our country needs to do for its progress. 

“While the decision about who speaks at its event is clearly the NBA’s, Malam El-Rufai wishes to make clear 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.

“The defamatory statements in the petition is another matter entirely, and they will get the appropriate response.

“Malam Nasir El-Rufai has taken several actions on the security, institutional and technology fronts to address the legacy of violent strife in the state. He is the governor that made permanent military and police bases a reality in southern Kaduna, after close to 40 years of waiting. He is the governor that set up a Peace Commission to nudge communities to embrace their responsibility to live in peace and harmony. 

“He has done this with equality of concern for all residents, not just those with access to the media and who are able to mobilise sentiment even when they are part of the problem. His investments in building a constituency for peace, anchored on the rule of law, respect for the citizenship rights of everyone and an embrace of the obligations of a common humanity will continue. 

“Those who have chosen to pretend that it is only Kaduna State that is experiencing the security challenges in North-West, or that it is only one part of the state that is affected can enjoy the illusion. 

“Malam El-Rufai remains focused on the tough and hard work of stopping the bleeding and the needless breaking of bones.”

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