April 14, 2024

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SERAP, others jubilate as NBA withdraws invitation to El-Rufai

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Several human rights advocates , including the Socio –
Economic Rights and Accountability Project , hailed the
Nigerian Bar Association for withdrawing its invitation
to Kaduna State Governor , Nasir El – Rufai , who was
scheduled to speak at its Annual General Conference
next week .
The NBA in a tweet on Thursday said it had decided to
remove El – Rufai from the list of its speakers , adding
that the decision would be communicated to the
governor .
tweet read, “ The National Executive Committee of the
Nigerian Bar Association at its ongoing meeting
resolves that the invitation to the Kaduna State
Governor, H. E . Nasir El – Rufai by the 2020 Annual
General Conference Planning Committee be withdrawn
and the decision communicated to the governor . ”
A petition to stop the governor from attending the
conference , which was started by a lawyer , Usani
Odum, had garnered over 3, 400 signatures on
Change . Org as of 6 pm on Thursday .
In a separate letter titled , ‘ Request to Withdraw the
Offer of Platform at the 2020 Annual General
Conference of the NBA to Mallam Nasir El – Rufai’ ,
addressed to the Chairman , Technical Committee on
Conference Planning , NBA , Prof Koyinsola Ajayi , some
lawyers said the governor must not be allowed to
speak at the conference .
The letter , which was signed by Silas Onu and Auta
Nyada , listed 10 allegations against El – Rufai and his
son, Bello , who is a Special Adviser to Kaduna Central
lawmaker , Senator Uba Sani .
They faulted the NBA for inviting El – Rufai citing his
poor human rights record and his inability to stop the
killings particularly in Southern Kaduna .
The NBA virtual conference , which holds from August
24 to August 26 , 2020 , is expected to have Vice –
President Yemi Osinbajo and the Attorney – General of
the Federation , Abubakar Malami ( SAN ) , in attendance.
Others expected to speak at the event include former
Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State , Governor
Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and a former Minister of
Education, Oby Ezekwesili .

The
theme of
the
conference is: ‘ Am I a Nigerian – A Debate on National
Identity, the Indigeneship- Citizenship Conundrum’ .
Earlier , El – Rufai’ s son, Bashir , had mocked those
calling on the NBA to withdraw its invitation to his
father, accusing them of receiving N 15 , 000 bribe .

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