The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), has withdrawn its invitation to Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai, as one of the speakers in its forthcoming annual conference.
The announcement was made via the association’s Twitter handle, days after some lawyers protested the inclusion of the governor in NBA’s speakers’ list.
According to reports, Usani Odum, a lawyer, spearheaded the online petition to stop the governor from speaking at the association’s 2020 Annual General Conference, gathering over 3,000 signatures.
It was gathered that in a separate letter titled ‘Request to Withdraw the Offer of Platform at the 2020 Annual General Conference of the NBA to Mallam Nasir el-Rufai’, signed by other lawyers; Silas Onu and Auta Nyada, 10 allegations were listed against the governor and his son, Bello.
The allegations bordered on his alleged poor human rights record, and the inability to stop the killings in the state he governs, particularly in Southern Kaduna.
Consequently, the NBA informed the governor of its decision to withdraw its invitation to him.
“The National Executive Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association at its ongoing meeting resolves that the invitation to the Kaduna State Governor, H.E. Nasir El-Rufai by the 2020 Annual General Conference Planning committee be withdrawn and decision communicated to the Governor,”the NBA wrote on the platform.