NBA BALKANIZATION: Unsure Instances And Our Frequent Future
The Nigerian Bar Affiliation is dealing with a second of disaster and alter, a time of strife and despair and an hour of challenges and alternatives. The result of the latest Nationwide Officers’ Elections and the comprehensible anger of our colleagues who weren’t favoured by the results of the Presidential election and the reactions of our realized brothers who really feel aggrieved by latest happenings in our Affiliation particularly within the construct as much as the simply concluded Annual Common Convention have pushed our Affiliation to the brim in a manner that has not been witnessed in latest occasions. The previous days and weeks have witnessed drums of balkanization, threats of secession from the NBA and disloyalty to constituted authority.
The brand new President of the NBA definitely has a full plate of pressing points to handle to revive hope and confidence within the Affiliation. Fortunately, Mr. Akpata has indicated in his inaugural speech that he’ll run an all-inclusive Bar. He has additionally admitted that he’ll work as a bridge builder taking up the necessary points and addressing agitations that are inclined to divide the Bar. The President was very emphatic in his name for unity “The Bar that I wish to lead henceforth is one that’s united on all fronts and that recognises that our variety is probably, our best power. I plead with all Nigerian attorneys to bear this philosophy of unity in thoughts as we begin a brand new journey collectively”. I share the views of many who the President deserves the advantage of the doubt. The problems on the entrance burner are principally inherited however the brand new administration underneath Mr. Akpata seems dedicated to discovering lasting options. Take as an illustration, the repeated challenges we have now with our NBA elections which has created a variety of disaffection. Mr. Akpata has not hidden his emotions about his resolve to provoke pressing reforms of our electoral processes to replicate larger transparency, integrity and effectivity each within the collation and administration of database of attorneys and within the process and means of voting. To set the stage, the President has already proposed a twelve-man Electoral Audit and Reforms Committee to audit the 2016, 2018 and 2020 elections. Curiously, the Physique of Senior Advocates of Nigeria have chosen to arrange their very own parallel committee with the identical mandate – an act which I take into account as an affront to the mandate given to Mr. Akpata and his workforce by the generality of Nigerian attorneys.
No matter how troublesome it could be, it’s patriotic that we sacrifice our feelings and disaffections and rally spherical the brand new NBA Nationwide Officers underneath Akpata’s management. We could not all agree along with his type or technique however even his fiercest critics have acknowledged Akpata’s humanity, love for peace and capability to ship the much-needed management and end result. There isn’t a query that the NBA underneath his watch will see management and transformation in a manner that ensures respect, sensitivity and regards to the varied pursuits, values and persuasions of our massive membership.
Whereas I imagine the brand new nationwide officers underneath Mr. Akpata will do their job frankly and boldly, I maintain the view that we as Nigerian attorneys no matter rank, tribe, gender or faith can have interaction in trustworthy conversations and debates on points that have an effect on each one in all us with out shrinking from our sacred obligation to stay a united affiliation with a standard future. Even after we disagree, we will stand collectively to make our nice affiliation endure, revive and prosper for the nice of all. Whereas balkanization or secession could supply a short lived emotional respite from a few of the troubles the NBA is dealing with, solely a united physique underneath a purposeful management can supply us a permanent and everlasting answer.
No matter our variations or the place every of us stands on the problems that have an effect on the NBA, will probably be a basic paradox of our coaching and studying as attorneys if we permit ourselves to be stampeded by vested pursuits that don’t replicate our shared values or establish with our frequent future as Bar women and men. At this unsure time in our collective journey as Nigerian attorneys, let’s problem ourselves and show to the subsequent era and non-lawyers that we have now the knowledge sufficient to make use of the depth of our distinctive coaching and the wealth of our expertise to unite, enrich and advance the NBA. We now have to put aside partisanship and divisions and work collectively to maneuver past our variations for that for my part would be the most deeply honourable factor we will do at the moment.
The President’s inaugural handle was a clarion name and I encourage each Nigerian lawyer to spare a time to learn it. Our wounds should still be recent, however we should heal and reply the decision of responsibility. I urge us all to desert our variations and bond collectively to drag down this wall of division and discover the wonders on the opposite aspect. Historical past is testing our religion and character and I hope posterity will likely be variety with our decisions at the moment.
Almustapha Yusuf Abubakar
Fast previous chairman of NBA Sokoto department and Notary Public
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