Former NBA boss frowns at colleagues’ decision on Elrufai
By Nasir Dambatta
The immediate past Chairman of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) Kaduna state branch, Barrister Suleiman Shu’aibu has taken exception to the decision of the NBA National Executive Committee to withdraw the invitation for the Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasiru Ahmed El-Rufai to speak at its forthcoming NBA AGC.
Elrufai was earlier billed to address the NBA meeting on citizenship and indigene matters with the security challenges in Kaduna State. But the invitation was later revoked by the Association’s NEC.
Reacting to the development, the former NBA boss said the decision to invite the Governor, having been taken, ought not to have been reversed on the pretext of mere protest by some individuals whom he believes do not form the majority of members of the Association.
Shu’aibu stated further that Nigerians and particularly residents of Kaduna State have been denied the opportunity of interrogating the Governor on some of the issues on the front burner, concerning security challenges as many have painted it.
He went further to restate that the NEC was not properly guided in that it failed or refused to even ask for the input of the 3 Branches of the NBA in Kaduna State before arriving at its decision.
“Moreover, the previous regime under the leadership of M. A Mahmud, SAN had gone on a fact-finding mission prior to now in Southern Kaduna and made out a comprehensive report on it. Thus the said NEC resolution totally negates the principles of fair hearing in that those whose Petition was acted upon in dropping El-Rufai’s invitation made bogus claims and accusations but that the NEC fell to it by not hearing him out.
” The Governor never invited himself nor did he seek to speak on his own volition but on the invite of the same NBA”, noting that “no one can claim to be a saint and he is not saying that El-Rufai is but having secured his consent to attend the Conference as a Panelist, fairness entails that he be allowed to so attend,” he said.
He concluded by saying that the NEC decision in this regard has done more harm than good to the image of the NBA.
He said he was not surprised that many have threatened to de-register and boycott the conference and noted that he has taken same decision in the light of the way and manner the Governor was treated in addition to other reasons stated earlier.