After many calls from the public to remove Governor El-Rufai from the list of Panelists who would speak at the MBA Conference
The organizing Comittee has finally bowed to pressure and further withdrew their invitation to the Kaduna state Governor
Meanwhile Kaduna state governor, Nasir el-Rufai, has reacted to the decision of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA),
to withdraw an invitation previously extended to him to speak at its annual general meeting.
NBA withdrew the invitation following an outcry by some lawyers who said El-Rufai stands against what the profession represents.
Meanwhile in a statement released on Thursday August 20, by his spokesperson, Muyiwa Adekeye,
Governor el-Rufai also described the withdrawal of his invitation as an unfortunate embrace of injustice.
He further adds that he will continue to make his voice heard on the things the country needs to do to make progress.
Governor El-Rufai statement in part reads
“While the decision about who speaks at its event is clearly the NBA’s,
Malam El-Rufai wishes to make clear that he did not seek the platform
and is not agitated that he has one less speaking engagement,”
the statement read.
The statement From Gov El-Rufai also criticizes the MBA management, it states and we quote;
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.
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 of El-Rufai is odd.
It bears noting that in its response to pressure,
the NBA leadership has signalled an unfortunate embrace of injustice,
unfairness, absence of fair hearing
and total disregard for the rule of law.”