The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) on Thursday backed the decision of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) to withdraw its invitation to the Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir el-Rufai.
Recall that the NBA had earlier withdrawn its invitation to El-Rufai via a tweet on its official Twitter handle following protests from some lawyers.
It 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to the Kaduna State Governor, H.E. Nasir El-Rufai, by the 2020 Annual General Conference Planning committee be withdrawn and decision communicated to the Governor.”
El-Rufai was billed to be one of the speakers at the NBA Conference scheduled for August 26 – 29, 2020.
However, his inclusion led to outrage and backlash, even on social media.
Reacting, SERAP, in a tweet via its official Twitter account, also urged the NBA not to invite Nigerian governors until President Muhammadu Buhari obeys all outstanding court orders.
“We welcome the decision by @NigBarAssoc to withdraw its invitation to Kaduna State Governor Nasir el-Rufai on ground of poor human rights record,” SERAP tweeted.
“We also call on NBA NOT to invite @NigeriaGov /its reps to its events until President Buhari obeys ALL outstanding court orders.”