Gov El-Rufai reacts to NBA withdrawal of his invitation to conference

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Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, condemned the withdrawal of his invitation to speak at the 2020 Nigeria Bar Association, NBA conference, describing it as “unfortunate embrace of injustice”.

In a statement by the governor’s spokesperson, Muyiwa Adekeye, El-Rufai, insisted that he will continue to offer his opinions on critical issues in the country and his voice will not be silenced.

“It bears noting that in its response to pressure, the NBA leadership has signaled an unfortunate embrace of injustice, unfairness, absence of fair hearing and total disregard for the rule of law,” the statement read.

“For an association, whose bread and butter is about justice, to make a ruling based on the stridency of people who lampoon judicial processes against certain individuals without hearing the other side is odd.

“While the decision about who speaks at its event is clearly the NBA’s, I wish to make clear that I did not seek the platform and is not agitated that he has one less speaking engagement.

“However, the circumstances of the last few days warrant some comments. That a professional organisation has elected to endorse a one-sided narrative on a profound national issue is something that its members may wish to reflect upon.

The NBA withdrew the invitation, following protests from some lawyers.

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