Following public outcry, the Nigerian Bar Association has withdrawn the invitation extended to Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State to speak at its annual general conference, which holds from August 26-29.
The NBA decided to snub the governor after its just concluded National Executive Committee meeting.
Civil rights groups and lawyers had spoken out against the invitation, calling on the NBA to withdraw it. They accused Mr. El-Rufai of not doing enough to protect the people of Southern Kaduna, who are mainly Christians.
The NBA said it took the decision so that the governor can have more time to focus on the killings in Southern part of Kaduna State.
Some of those billed to speak during the NBA coneference are Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, former governor of Anambra State and Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party at the 2019 election, Peter Obi, Tunde Bakare, a cleric and Chairman, African Advisory Council of the Royal Commonwealth Society, former minister Oby Ezekwesili and Salamatu Suleiman, immediate-past ECOWAS Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security.
Other speakers include Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker of the House of Representatives and Tanko Muhammad, Chief Justice of Nigeria.
Former president Olusegun Obasanjo, former dep. senate president, Ike Ekweremadu and Abubakar Malami, Attorney-General of the Federation will also speak at the event.