By BARTHOLOMEW MADUKWE
Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has condemned in its entirety the recent assassination of three Ekpoma Branch Lawyers in Edo State, as well as the incessant kidnappings going on in different parts of the country, calling on the Federal and State Governments and all their relevant Security Agencies to get to the root of the matter.
In a communiqué issued at the end of the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting held last week Thursday and Friday in Asaba, Delta State, the committee expressed great concern over the continued high level of insecurity in the country.
Approving the convocation of a summit on peace and security in Nigeria on the 30th – 31st of January, 2013, NEC urged the federal government to provide Nigerians the enabling environment to exist and pursue their legitimate means of livelihood.
NEC commended the Delta State Government under the leadership of Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan for the harmonious relationship existing between the Executive and the Judiciary as well as the sustained support being given to the Branches of NBA in the State, noting also the positive developmental stride in the State.
In order to give Nigerians the opportunity to sufficiently participate in the on-going constitutional review by the National Assembly, NEC reinforced the NBA President (Okey Wali SAN) demand for a Referendum and mandated that he should raise a legal team to seek judicial interpretation of the relevant portions of the Constitution relating to the issue at hand.
According to the communiqué, “in order to actualize the NBA President’s 10-point agenda, NEC approved the setting up of 24 Committees to wit: Committee on National Assembly Matters, Professionalization of NBA National Secretariat Committee, Constitutional Review and Law Reform Committee, Data Base of Lawyers Committee, Rule of Law Action Group, Welfare Trust Foundation, NBA Human Rights Institute Government Council, among others.”
The committee unanimously accepted and approved the 10-point agenda of the Okey Wali, SAN-led administration as encapsulated in his address to NEC on Thursday, 29th November, 2012 to wit: Professionalizing the NBA Secretariat, Human Rights Programme, Uplifting Professional Standards, Robust Legislative Advocacy, Criminal Justice System & Access to Justice, Anti-Corruption Crusade, Branch Capacity Building, Financial Responsibility, Institutional Synergy with Regional and International Organizations, including Bar Associations and Law Societies.