SERAP reacts as NBA withdraws conference invitation to Gov El-Rufai

NBA conference: Nigerians condemn El-Rufai’s inclusion, lawyers withdraw attendance

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Recall that the NBA had earlier withdrawn its invitation to El-Rufai via a tweet on its official Twitter handle following protests from some lawyers.

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to the Kaduna State Governor, H.E. Nasir El-Rufai, by the 2020 Annual General Conference Planning committee be withdrawn and decision communicated to the Governor.”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

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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.

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“We also call on NBA NOT to invite @NigeriaGov /its reps to its events until President Buhari obeys ALL outstanding court orders.”

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