- The Nigerian Bar Association has promised to be united and remain indivisible despite recent cracks
- The reassurance was given during the body's conference in Abuja on Wednesday, September 2
- Lawyers from the northern part of Nigeria distanced themselves from the splinter NBA group
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The crisis currently hitting the Nigerian Bar Association has taken a new turn as members of the body from the northern part of the country distanced themselves from the splinter group.
The lawyers, led by the chairman of various chapters in the north, pledged their allegiance to the parent body being paddled by the newly-inaugurated national executives led by Olumide Akpata.
Speaking in Abuja, the lawyers also vowed to resist attempts to create factions in the body which is the umbrella group of all legal practitioners in the country.
It would be recalled that some lawyers, angered by the disqualification of Malam Nasir El-Rufai as a speaker in the NBA 2020 national conference over alleged disregard to rule of law as contained in a petition, had formed a splinter group named New Nigerian Bar Association.
The controversy came on the heels of allegations of malpractice in the NBA national election which produced Akpata as the national president.
The lawyers have also written Abubakar Malami, the attorney general of the federation and the minister of justice, about the new group, saying about 5,000 lawyers were ready to pitch their train with the break-away group.
But speaking at the stakeholders' meeting on Wednesday, September 2, the lawyers from the north vowed to resist any splinter group while also pledging their support for Akpata.
"At the NBA, we remain one, united and indivisible. We have not split along religious and ethnic lines. We disagree and agree as lawyers.
"We will learn from past mistakes and make necessary corrections because those who refused to learn from past mistakes are doom. With due apologies to those who are offended we are going to address all issues amicably," Akpata said after the meeting.
In a related development, Muhammad Sanusi faulted the NBA for withdrawing an invitation previously extended to Governor El-Rufai of Kaduna state to attend its annual general conference.
Sanusi on Sunday, August 23, said the decision of the NBA was sad for the freedom of speech in Nigeria.
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