The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has achieved yet another milestone following the successful conduct of its 2018 general elections with universal suffrage via electronic voting.
I most heartily congratulate my learned Brother Silk, Paul Usoro SAN on his election as the 29th President of the NBA. I also felicitate with the other elected National Officers on their victory at the polls, and I charge them to take the responsibility reposed in them by Lawyers seriously and dedicate the next two years to leading the Bar to even greater heights.
I trust that the Incoming-President will be magnanimous in victory and work to unite the Bar after such hotly contested elections. I appeal to all those who were not successful at the elections to graciously accept the choice of the majority and to offer support, advice and encouragement to the elected National Officers.
I respectfully urge all our members to support the Incoming Administration. The elections are over and we all as members of the NBA must come together as one family to support the new administration and ensure it succeeds. The NBA belongs to all of us and we all must work together as one big family to ensure its survival and sustenance as one indivisible unit.
The task of leading the Bar is enormous and the legitimate expectations of Lawyers, the Nigerian people and the international community are that the new Administration will lead the Bar to greater heights, constructively engage the Government on all issues pertaining to the sustenance of the rule of law and democracy as well as be the leading voice of the voiceless majority. The new Administration must therefore hit the ground running and provide cutting edge leadership in dealing with all matters pertaining to Lawyers, the judiciary, rule of Law and democracy. It is time to work!
It is my prayer and fervent hope that the Incoming Administration of the NBA will deliver excellently on the core mandate of the Bar.
20th August, 2018
Augustine Alegeh SAN, FCIArb [UK]
Past President, NBA [2014 – 2016]