Ibrahim Shuaibu in Kano
Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, yesterday cautioned the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) not to allow ethnic and religious bigotry to tear it apart.
He said the internal wrangling in the NBA was one of the most unfortunate problem to befall the association which blows no good to neither the body, nor the Nigerian people that were supposed to be the ultimate beneficiary of the rule of law, which the lawyers’ body is expected to champion.
Receiving the NBA President, Olumide Akpata, on a courtesy call in his office in Kano yesterday, Governor Ganduje noted that while there were bound to be differences, it was better to be united than to be divided, saying that as a conventionally persuasive opinion moulder and group that helps shape public policy, it is never going to fulfil that role if it is divided.
The governor pointed out that while no one expected the NBA to be invulnerable to bickering associated with any group of people coming together, but as a body of lawyers with outstanding records of achievement in shaping the country for good, it should not allow ethnic or religious sentiments to riven it.
He said lawyers needed to come together to resolve their differences, not by breaking into splinter groups, but by ironing out their views through consensus.
While stressing the need to sensitise as many members of the association and seek to accommodate their views on matters of serious concern, Ganduje further called on them to mend their fences and work toward the good of the association and the country at large.
In his remark, Akpata said he was in Kano in continuation of tour of the country and expressed satisfaction with the level of achievement by the Ganduje administration in terms of infrastructure development for the judiciary, particularly the construction of the Court of Appeal edifice, the Ceremonial Court building as well as enhanced welfare for the staff.