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MURIC fumes against withdrawal of El-Rufai’s invitation at NBA Conference


Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) fumed against the decision of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) to withdraw the invitation of Governor Nasir el-Rufai, to speak at its annual general meeting is a declaration of war.

NBA had withdrawn invitation to El-rufai to speak at the Bar Conference following a petition against the governor.

Reacting in a statement on Friday, Ishaq Akintola, MURIC director, said the decision of the legal association is based on prejudice.

He said the NBA displayed intolerance by aligning with the views of a group without hearing the other side.

The statement reads, “NBA yesterday dropped Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, the governor of Kaduna State from the list of speakers at its Virtual AGC which is billed to start on 26th August, 2020. It is high level prejudice. NBA as a group of learned literati should know better. It is parochial, myopic and jejune.

“The fact that NBA took the ill-advised step on account of a petition written by a group, Open Bar Initiative, whose main fear is expressed as ‘One can be sure that he will also use the given platform to advance his conflated narrative, designed to deceive and confuse the nation on the real causes of the killings’ exposes NBA’s impatience, intolerance and self-conceit.”

Akintola said by the NBA’s decision, the legal association has refused to contribute its quota to resolve the southern Kaduna crisis, saying its action is a declaration of war.

He said it is better to allow the governor speak at the event as “change cannot come through rejection and exclusion.”

The MURIC director called on lawyers from the northern region to boycott the conference until the NBA reverses its decision to exclude el-Rufai from speaking at the event.

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