National Publicity Secretary Pledges Loyalty to NBA

John Austin Unachukwu taking oath of office as the National Publicity Secretary of the NBA during the NBA NEC Meeting held in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State

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.

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“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.


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