By Innocent Anaba
The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), yesterday said it agreed with the position of the visiting US Secretary of State, Mrs Hillary Clinton, that corruption, among other factors, has caused failure of governance in Nigeria.
Its President, Chief Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN), in a statement in Lagos, yesterday, said: â€œwe cannot agree less and note that President Yarâ€™Adua admitted that Nigeria was facing challenges in its war against corruption and bid to reform its electoral system, which has underscored failure of governance at the federal, state and local government levels.
â€œThis intervention could not have come at a better time than now when agents of the government are on the prowl deploying viciously the weapon of blackmail against the leadership of the NBA, which had long identified this and continues to clamour for change.
â€œClinton, having reiterated the position of the Bar, it would, perhaps, not be out of place for those who are quick to stand logic on its head to satisfy greed, to conclude that the top diplomat being a lawyer, must also belong to Action Congress or any of the opportunistic organisations dubbed parties,â€ he added.