The National Publicity Secretary of the Nigerian Bar Association ( NBA) Mr. John Echezona Unachukwu has promised to work with the President of the NBA Mr. Abubakar Mahmoud ( SAN) and the national officers of the association to achieve the objectives of the association which is promoting the rule of law.
President of the Nigerian Bar Association ( NBA) Mr. Abubakar Balarabe Mahmoud ( SAN) at the weekend during the quarterly National Executive Committee Meeting of the association swore Mr. John Echezona Unachukwu (John Austin Unachukwu) as the National Publicity Secretary of the Lawyers umbrella body the NBA.
Mr. Unachukwu was declared Publicity Secretary of the NBA by Justice Y. Halilu of the FCT High Court in a judgment of the court delivered on October 17, 2017.
In a release signed by Mr. Unachukwu and made available to the press, he said: “ I thank NBA President, Mr. Abubakar Mahmoud ( SAN) respecting the rule of law by swearing me in as Publicity Secretary as declared by the court.
“ This singular function he performed at the weekend in obedience to the rule of law by validating my election as the National Publicity of the NBA in obedience to court order is victory for democracy and the rule of law, because it reinforces the motto of the NBA which is “promoting the rule of law”.
“ If you love the rule of law to the extent that your motto is promoting it, you must love it in all its ramifications. You cannot love it only when it provides the judgment you seek, no not at all, you must equally love it when the judgment is against you also.
“The event of the weekend marks the beginning of a new phase in the life of our association as we close a chapter, an avoidable ugly chapter of rancor and acrimony for that matter, to close ranks and join hands to advance the course of our association. There is no victor, no vanquished, NBA is the winner. Above all, it was a unique birthday gift to me by my professional association and Nigerian lawyers because I became a year older on November 25.
“Therefore, I pledge my loyalty to the NBA, to work with the President, the National Officers and the NEC to assist the President in actualizing his vision of a BraveNewBar for us and uphold the finest ideals of the rule of law in our country.
“Once again I express my profound gratitude to my lawyers who represented me in courts, Nigerian lawyers for their kind support, your encouragement, your words of advice and prayers for me while the case lasted in courts.
I solicit your continued support during my tenure as National Publicity Secretary and thereafter, so that we contribute our quota to the development of our association- the NBA” Unachukwu stated.