The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai is set to speak about the insecurity issues in his State at the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) 60th Annual General Conference scheduled for August 27. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the session will take place virtually from August 26-29.
The NBA announced in a statement on Tuesday, August 18, 2020, that El-Rufai is one of the main speakers for the conference. However, the governor has drawn criticism this week with intimidations by certain lawyers rejecting the conference as long as the governor is involved.
El-Rufai’s session themed ‘Am I a Nigerian- A Debate on National Identity, The Indigeneship-Citizenship Conundrum’, will be a showcase of the conference as it examines the subject of national identity. On the other hand, many lawyers who have registered for the conference said the Kaduna governor is a bad fit for the NBA’s image.
It is believed that a lot of dissatisfaction for El-Rufai, serving his second term as governor, revolves around his general attitude to the rule of law and the way he is controlling the insecurity issue in the state. Moreover, It was reported that he sometimes brash comments about the killings in Southern Kaduna and he was accused of supporting the killings, or giving a free pass to the murderers.
“The session is designed to interrogate the apparent triggers of disunity in our nation and brings to the table speakers from different backgrounds who can contribute to the debate from various perspectives. The session is interactive and affords participants to interrogate the panelists,” reported the NBA.
According to the association, over 15,000 people have registered for the conference tagged ‘Step Forward’. Other speakers who will speak during El-Rufai’s session include Rivers governor, Nyesom Wike; a former Anambra governor, Peter Obi; a former vice presidential candidate, Pastor Tunde Bakare; a former minister, Oby Ezekwesili; and a former ECOWAS commissioner, Salamatu Hussaini.