The Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, has come under immense pressure to remove Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, from the list of speakers at its upcoming Annual General Conference as over 500 people have signed a new petition to that effect, citing his deplorable human rights records and alleged failure in stopping the butchering of Southern Kaduna people.
The petition, which was started by Usani Odum on change.org, has so far got 500 signatures barely hours after it was launched.
The petition read, “The senseless killings in southern Kaduna must stop. The political correctness of Governor El-Rufai on national TV is diversionary. It is a reversal to have him speak to lawyers on security, when Governor (Babagana) Zulum of Borno a better person can do so.
“We may not be able to do anything to stop the killings, but we can stop the governor from speaking at the NBA-AGC to show our disapproval of the manner he has handled the situation!!”
Several lawyers have also publicly said they would shun the NBA conference if the NBA leadership does not bar the Kaduna State governor.
In a letter, titled, ‘Request to Withdraw the Offer of Platform at the 2020 Annual General Conference of the NBA to Mallam Nasir el-Rufai’, and 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, signed by Silas Onu and Auta Nyada, listed 10 allegations against el-Rufai and his son, Bello, said to be a Special Adviser to Kaduna Central lawmaker, Senator Uba Sani.
The lawyers recalled how el-Rufai had during the run-up to the 2019 general elections threatened that any foreigner who interfered in the election would leave Nigeria in “body bags”.