President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Mr. A.B Mahmoud SAN has asked persons using “Nigerian Bar Association” to run social media platforms without prior authorization from the NBA to shut down such sites immediately and remove the name of NBA.
The president made this call at the ongoing NBA National Executive Council Meeting in Ilorin, Kwara State.
Mr. Mahmoud said “It has come to our notice that many people including some lawyers, run platforms or handles in the name of the NBA without the authority of the NBA. This is unacceptable. Such persons must desist from this and shut those sites and remove the name of NBA.”
“Let me conclude these part of my remarks by drawing attention to growing abuse and misuse of the social media.”
“Admittedly this is a problem not limited to Nigeria. We were informed during the UK Mission that the Law Society of England and Wales is grappling with similar problems and has constituted a committee to come up with recommendations.”
“I want to caution that we must discourage the use of social media to disparage our colleagues or our profession.”
Many colleagues take to social media to make reckless accusations and allegations or disparaging comments against their colleagues or leaders of the profession. Just a couple of days ago a young lawyer went to the media to accuse me and the NBA of theft of his art work and presenting it to President Muhammadu Buhari without his knowledge or consent.
This allegation was very irresponsible and exposed the association to ridicule. It is unacceptable. We will be taking appropriate disciplinary action on that. I want to plead with all leaders of the profession to moderate their conduct in this regard. Anything that is capable of exposing the profession to ridicule or disrepute must be avoided.