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Northern lawyers threaten to cede from NBA

By Ise-Oluwa Ige
ABUJA—The Northern Chapters of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) yesterday threatened to cede should the President of the Nigerian Bar Association [NBA] Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN shift the National Executive Committee [NEC] meeting of the association earlier slated for Yola, Adamawa State Capital.

The northern branches which accused Akeredolu of carrying out an ethnic agenda by his general conducts vowed to form a parallel umbrella association for lawyers practising in the north if the plan to shift the rendezvous of the NEC meeting is not rescinded.

They however did not give details of the allegation of ethnicism against Akeredolu.

The Akeredolu led-NEC of NBA had met recently to review the situations in the country and resolved to move the meeting venue of the association from Yola to another place following the violence in Jos which had claimed hundreds of lives.

The Committee was of the view that it would be wise to hold the association’s annual meeting in a place where the lives of member could be guaranteed.

But the innocuous motive of the Akeredolu_led NEC was misinterpreted.
Vanguard however gathered yesterday that some powerful individuals in government who are also members of NBA were behind the present incitement against Akeredolu because he refused to support anti-people policies of government.
The said government official was said to be baiting some of the rebellious members of the association with juicy contracts and promises of robust relationship.

Nevertheless, the northern branches through their various states Chairmen and Secretaries however threw their weight behind the position of the national body calling on ailing President Umaru Yar’adua to transmit power to Vice President Goodluck Jonathan.

Some of the group members who were in Abuja on Friday to present a protest letter to the General Secretary of the NBA, Ibrahim Eddy Mark said that the allegation that the northern part of the country was unsafe to host the association’s NEC’s meeting was unfounded.


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