Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, has thrown his weight behind the decision of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), to withdraw the invitation of Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai, as one of the speakers at its 60th annual conference.
The move followed a petition from lawyers, who accused the governor of human rights violation and also his inability to stop killings in Southern Kaduna.
The lawyers also referenced many controversial utterances of the governor, including a threat during the run- up to the general elections in 2019 that any foreigner that interfered in the poll would leave Nigeria in body bags.
Falana, a senior advocate and lawyer of prosecuted Shi’ites leader, Ibrahim El Zakzaky, in his reaction to NBA’s decision to exclude El-Rufai, said the governor has a penchant for disobeying court orders.
The activist stated this in a letter to the NBA Conference Planning Committee.
He explained that El-Rufai’s action is inconsistent with the rules of the body.
“You will agree with us that Mallam El-Rufai’s penchant for disobeying court orders is inconsistent with the aims and objects of the Nigerian Bar Association which includes promotion of rule of law,” the letter partly read.
The conference is scheduled to hold from August 26 to 29, 2020.