The Dutse branch of the Nigerian Bar Association in Jigawa State has threatened to boycott the Annual General Conference of the association if Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, isn’t reinvited to speak at the occasion.
In a statement issued by the Chairman of the Dutse branch, Garba Abubakar, the Dutse branch faulted the NBA for not allowing the Governor to respond to the allegations against him.
It said it was strange that the NBA could exclude el-Rufai and retain Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State who has also been accused of several human rights infractions.
The statement read in part, “If complaints are to be judged on their face value and without due process, similar treatment is to (be) given to the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, who has serious allegations of abuse of human rights against him to the extent of demolition (of) residential houses and place of worship without observing due process.
“A section of the country cannot, therefore, take us for a ride as we all have a fair understanding of the law. On the strength of this, therefore, we call on the national body under President Usoro (SAN), to reverse the decision with immediate effect else the Nigerian Bar Association, Dutse branch, will boycott the virtual Annual General Conference taking place in a few days.”