NBA withdraws Governor El Rufai’s invite as a speaker for an event

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has withdrawn its invitation to Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai as one of the speakers in its upcoming annual conference.

The Governor has also reacted to the move, stating that he never requested to be a speaker at the event.

The Nigerian Bar Association made the withdrawal announcement via the association’s Twitter handle, days after some lawyers protested against the inclusion of the Kaduna state Governor in NBA’s speakers’ list.

The tweet read;

“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to the Kaduna State Governor, H.E. Nasir El-Rufai by the 2020 Annual General Conference Planning committee be withdrawn and decision communicated to the Governor.”

But El-Rufai, in a statement on Thursday said he was not moved by NBA’s decision, as he never sought the body’s platform to speak.

Muyiwa Adekeye, Special Adviser to the Governor (Media and Communication), said when lawyer friends requested El-Rufai to accept the invitation of the NBA to participate in a panel discussion on national identity, he accepted as part of his commitment to having a national conversation and the evolution of a national consensus.

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