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Cracks In NBA As Splinter Group Form NNBA by JAMO84: 7:36am On Aug 28, 2020
The controversy created by the dis-invitation of Kaduna Governor, Nasir El-Rufai by the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) as speaker at its recent annual general conference is getting messier as a splinter group, New Nigeria Bar Association (NNBA), has emerged.

The move has, however, elicited mixed reactions from legal practitioners.

In a statement by conveners of the NNBA, Nuhu Ibrahim and Abdulbasit Suleiman, both members of the Kaduna branch of NBA, yesterday, the group said wide consultation had started across northern Nigeria with senior lawyers to actualise the formation of the new association.

“Members of this association have commenced consultations with very senior lawyers of Northern Nigeria extraction and those practising therein with the view to constituting the trustees and for purposes of fixing date for formal inauguration of the association.

“The inaugural date of the association being apolitical and geared at taking and protecting the interests of lawyers of like minds shall be communicated.

“The recent rumblings from the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) is leaving much to be desired within the ranks of concerned lawyers, especially from northern part of the country.

“What has been happening recently has exposed the inability of the NBA to manage and contain the heterogeneity of its members as well as their various interests. Its penal powers has been deployed discriminatively on the basis of ethnicity and regionalism.

“As a body of lawyers who have undergone training towards ensuring the promotion and protection of Human rights and liberties, the NBA is supposed to live above sentiments, regionalism and discrimination on any basis and of any kind.

“Therefore, the NBA cannot afford to be seen not to be upholding the rights and freedom of its own members if at all, it should be seen to be practicing what it preaches. As the Hausa saying goes: “Idan Kura tana maganin zaho, ta yi ma kanta’ (If Hyena has cure for diarrhoea let her use it for herself).

“The New Nigerian Bar Association have been watching activities of the NBA, an association we all looked forward to joining with high hopes before being called to the Nigerian Bar, forcing idiosyncrasies of few on the majority of its members, especially in recent times.

“No wonder, NBA NEC, which is the highest decision-making organ of the association failed to uphold the fundamental principles of fair hearing which in itself, is the fundamental aspect of rule of law, on the allegations against the Executive Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai as were contained in a petition by Chidi Odinkalu Esq., a long time foe of His Excellency and a lawyer of eastern extraction, but the NBA failed to extend the same treatment to Southern invitees who were also petitioned and are also alleged to have committed similar or more human rights abuses than those alleged against Mallam El-Rufai.”

The group said NNBA members, gleaning from the above Constitutional provision feel their interests were no longer taken into consideration in major decisions of the NBA.

Reacting, Paul Ananaba (SAN) said NBA is better and stronger together.

“There are avenues for settling grievances rather than forming new associations. Besides, the issues at stake are not legal issues per se. What is the guarantee that similar issues will not sprout in the new association. It then means we may end up having over 10 Bar associations. I am against it and I advise the proposers to do away with the idea.”

For Dr. Babatunde Ajibade (SAN) and Abiru Akingbolu, the emergence of the factional group portends a bad omen.

On why the move should not be allowed to gain traction, Ajibade, presidential candidates at the last NBA elections, said: “If we fail to stand together as a profession, as we appear to be doing now, we will be unable to withstand the threats and challenges ahead.”

But senior lawyer, Mr. Seyi Sowemimo okayed the splitter group and described the action of the lawyers as a welcome development.

“I am not surprised; I know it will get to this. What will you expect if the leadership of an association is not transparent, association’s election being marred with fraud?”

To me, it is a welcome development, this will bring about healthy competition for the rivalry groups,” he said.

Bayo Akinlade, former chairman, NBA Ikorodu branch said members of the group were free to set up their own association but to be like an NBA, they need the National Assembly to give it statutory flavour.

https://www.sunnewsonline.com/cracks-in-nba-worsen-as-splinter-group-forms-nnba/amp/

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Re: Cracks In NBA As Splinter Group Form NNBA by MelesZenawi: 7:36am On Aug 28, 2020
That's Wonderful.....I think we are getting it right in a way in this country.

We need ..........

Christian bar association CBA,
Muslims bar association (MBA) and
traditional bar association, TBA....


We need to follow issues perspectively in this country..


The different association will afford members to practice according to law, religion and rules.


If religiously it is riddled with nepotism, we can try geo-political zones formations of bar associations...



If all these fail, we can conviently move to ethnic formations of bar associations which is..

Kanuris bar association
Yorubas bar association
Igbo bar association
Hausa bar association
Fulani bar association
Ijaw bar association
TIV bar association
Idoma bar association
Efik bar association
Ibibios bar association and the rest....

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Re: Cracks In NBA As Splinter Group Form NNBA by JAMO84: 7:37am On Aug 28, 2020
Congratulations to the NBA for successfully ruining itself

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Re: Cracks In NBA As Splinter Group Form NNBA by Esseite: 7:38am On Aug 28, 2020
This would make the little clout that was empathetic to him desert him...a typical attitude of "if its not my way, it's no way"..

Well.. other Noble associations that have stood the test of time should ban El-rufai from public speaking, he can keep sponsoring parody associations.

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Re: Cracks In NBA As Splinter Group Form NNBA by TheSERAPH: 7:39am On Aug 28, 2020
okay
Re: Cracks In NBA As Splinter Group Form NNBA by jericco1(m): 7:41am On Aug 28, 2020
All because of that midget. Yet people are dying all over the country even the state their midget residies which have incessantly been overridden with endless banditry and nonsensical killings. Yet they all stay schtum because it is not relevant to them
Bunch of bootlickers and perennial sycophants undecided undecided

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Re: Cracks In NBA As Splinter Group Form NNBA by EyezofGod120: 7:41am On Aug 28, 2020
;Dna anywhere bele face,,even if na fire Nigeria face we go still out head,,,nonsense

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Re: Cracks In NBA As Splinter Group Form NNBA by Skynet45(m): 7:41am On Aug 28, 2020
grin aboki nnba, how many lawyers come from the north. They should be thankful for quota system or they wouldn't produce any. Northerners and their half baked lawyers can form any group they want.

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Re: Cracks In NBA As Splinter Group Form NNBA by MANNABBQGRILLS: 7:41am On Aug 28, 2020
A house divided against itself can never stand!

What a shame!!

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Re: Cracks In NBA As Splinter Group Form NNBA by MANNABBQGRILLS: 7:41am On Aug 28, 2020
JAMO84:
Congratulations to the NBA for successfully ruining itself
GBAMSOLUTELY!!

You've said it all Chairman!

Nothing to be added!

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Re: Cracks In NBA As Splinter Group Form NNBA by ForeThinker: 7:41am On Aug 28, 2020
Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.

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Re: Cracks In NBA As Splinter Group Form NNBA by Gabe427: 7:42am On Aug 28, 2020
So they Made Sharia bar association and tagged it NNBA

it Not News Nigeria has a lot of problems but this just throws a new light into how deep it has gotten

even the elites and educated are still blind and make decisions based on religion and Politics

You can tell this is not about El rufai alone but the fact that sharia law is second hand law
and also this move is sponsored by those who lost the last NBA elections

we just to MuMu for this country

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Re: Cracks In NBA As Splinter Group Form NNBA by Amspecial: 7:42am On Aug 28, 2020
el- ru-fire neva taya with all this him gimmick?
Islamic bigot shame on all of them
na them be our problem for this country.
less I forget they should remove nigeria from their name more like new "islamic/sharia bar association"

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Re: Cracks In NBA As Splinter Group Form NNBA by ProfAmaben: 7:42am On Aug 28, 2020
If the custodians of law and order are this confused, then, I weep for Nigerians.

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Re: Cracks In NBA As Splinter Group Form NNBA by Rich4god(m): 7:42am On Aug 28, 2020
See intelligent people playing tribalistic and religious sentiment.

I want to believe that El-rufai invitation was withdrawn cos of the security situation of the state. (Or there some information that am missing). How come these lawyers are bringing in religion and tribe into these issue.
I hope we the southerners are seeing this. The north will always support their person irrespective of how bad he is. I once told someone that if Shekau the leader of Boko haram is to contest the presidential election against a southern candidate, the average northerner will vote for Shekau.

Infact, this is a good development. Let the southern lawyers form there own branch. Probably the division of this country will start gradually.

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Re: Cracks In NBA As Splinter Group Form NNBA by SpecialAdviser(m): 7:42am On Aug 28, 2020
I hope one day they can have enough courage to form their own country.

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Re: Cracks In NBA As Splinter Group Form NNBA by MightySparrow: 7:43am On Aug 28, 2020
Did I read Northern Nigeria Bar Association?

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Re: Cracks In NBA As Splinter Group Form NNBA by Amspecial: 7:43am On Aug 28, 2020
they did not ruin anything these ones are Islamic fanatics simple
JAMO84:
Congratulations to the NBA for successfully ruining itself

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Re: Cracks In NBA As Splinter Group Form NNBA by Iamgrey5(m): 7:43am On Aug 28, 2020
Like the Northern Nigeria christian association that lasted for few months after the inauguration of Buhari until the Fulani/Famers conflict in the North started


The NNBA would not last for more than a year.
MightySparrow:
Did I read Northern Nigeria Bar Association?
No they say it's New Nigerian bar association because I believe they have some disgruntled elements elsewhere who are still angry about the last NBA election of Olumide Apkta

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Re: Cracks In NBA As Splinter Group Form NNBA by oluwaseyi0: 7:43am On Aug 28, 2020
No one will miss them

That's how I want northern Nigeria to form their own country too, I'll like that the South has nothing to do with them

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Re: Cracks In NBA As Splinter Group Form NNBA by kozmokaz(m): 7:43am On Aug 28, 2020
cheesy

Northern Nigeria Bar Association

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Re: Cracks In NBA As Splinter Group Form NNBA by chiefolododo(m): 7:44am On Aug 28, 2020
This is how far El-Rufai can go!

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Re: Cracks In NBA As Splinter Group Form NNBA by Rebuke: 7:44am On Aug 28, 2020
Smh. If it was a SouthWest/East Governor that was disinvited would it have generated this much heat ?

This is just an evidence of the kind of unity that exists up North.

Let the Igbos and Yorubas keep fooling themselves playing "follow follow" politics in the name of one Nigeria. One Nigeria indeed!


We all read here that a whole USA VP was disinvited to an occasion but heaven didn't fall there and nobody was heard protesting.

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Re: Cracks In NBA As Splinter Group Form NNBA by Zandesher(m): 7:44am On Aug 28, 2020
NNBA - Northern New Nigeria Bar Association

If you know you know.

cool cool cool

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Re: Cracks In NBA As Splinter Group Form NNBA by Bobby4090: 7:45am On Aug 28, 2020
El Rufai has always been associated with things that divide us as a nation. You'll never see him preaching unity or oneness or on the right side of equality.
The mistake of inviting him in the first place has already been made.... Woe unto the soul that made the first move of inviting El Rufai to the NBA. He has opened they gates of hell to that noble establishment. His mistakes shall be learnt from in the future for those that may wish to associate themselves with that Islam and northern fanatic.

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Re: Cracks In NBA As Splinter Group Form NNBA by NOETHNICITY(m): 7:45am On Aug 28, 2020
The once reknowned NBA just rubbishes itself for the very first time
That's what you get a prestigious institution allows politics penetrate it's policies

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Re: Cracks In NBA As Splinter Group Form NNBA by PrudencyFeats: 7:45am On Aug 28, 2020
They can go to hell with their Northern Nigeria Bar Association (NNBA).

Imagine learned people who are the fore runners of defendants of justice being controlled by a politician.

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Re: Cracks In NBA As Splinter Group Form NNBA by Charmingrascal(m): 7:45am On Aug 28, 2020
NNBA will surely be made up of Muslim fanatics and terrorism enablers.

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Re: Cracks In NBA As Splinter Group Form NNBA by valentineuwakwe(m): 7:46am On Aug 28, 2020
so just the invitation to NBA conference is tearing the NBA apart..this northerners will be the first to seek disintegration but when others tries to break away they will start crying foul!

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Re: Cracks In NBA As Splinter Group Form NNBA by Bluffly: 7:46am On Aug 28, 2020
Look at the hope for common Nigerians turing into PDP and nPDP

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