Protests lead to NBA withdrawal of invitation to El-Rufai as SERAP reacts
As the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) withdrew its invitation to the Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir el-Rufai, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) on Thursday supported the decision
It could be recalled that El-Rufai was billed to be one of the speakers at the NBA Conference scheduled for August 26 – 29, 2020, but the association later decided to withdraw the invitation to him via a tweet on its official Twitter handle following protests from some lawyers.
According to the NBA: “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to the Kaduna State Governor, H.E. Nasir El-Rufai, by the 2020 Annual General Conference Planning committee be withdrawn and decision communicated to the Governor.”
SERAP in its reaction, in a tweet, also urged the NBA not to invite Nigerian governors until President Muhammadu Buhari obeys all outstanding court orders.
“We welcome the decision by @NigBarAssoc to withdraw its invitation to Kaduna State Governor Nasir el-Rufai on ground of poor human rights record.
“We also call on NBA NOT to invite @NigeriaGov /its reps to its events until President Buhari obeys ALL outstanding court orders,” SERAP tweeted.