The President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Mr. Abubakar Balarabe Mahmoud SAN has warned the aspirants to the various offices in the upcoming NBA election not to push the NBA into a perpetual electoral machine.
The President of the Bar made the appeal at the ongoing NBA National Executive Council Meeting in Ilorin, Kwara State.
In his speech, he noted; “Distinguished colleagues, I am aware, there is frenzy of activities as we approach the next election circle and many are busy traveling across the country seeking support. I want to first remind that the ban on such activities has not been lifted. More importantly I want to appeal to the leaders of the profession to truly search their conscience as to whether our profession needs these activities.”
“ I had in the past cautioned in the following words: “I urge our colleagues not to push the NBA into a perpetual electoral machine. We are by so doing undermining the legal profession. We have become a laughing stock in the eyes of our colleagues in other countries”.
Condemning strongly the continued acrimony and bitterness among lawyers, the President noted that there is no other Bar association going through the rancorous political process in its election of leaders. He expressed resolve in ensuring that the profession is sanitized.
“We will do our best to sanitize the leadership succession system in the NBA. The leaders of the profession owe a duty to the profession and to the country to cooperate as we try to bring this tragic comedy to an end.”
“It is a matter of regret that even as we speak the dispute regarding outcome of the last election is still in court.”
“In all our engagements and interactions, there is not one Bar Association or Law Society that I am aware of that goes through this rancorous political process in electing its leaders.”
“Our profession deserves better, much better. We will at this meeting constitute an electoral committee.”
“The committee will review the rules and strengthen the process and come up with a time-table. There will no canvasing of votes until the rules are out and candidates screened and approved.”