The New Nigerian Bar Association (NNBA) have come out to say that the new body is not a regional affair, as they would soon be extending their membership beyond the North.
This was revealed by Nuhu Ibrahim, one of the conveners of the new body of lawyers.
Nuhu said “Any lawyer that shares our ideals of promoting justice, equality, rule of law, is welcome, as membership is open to all lawyers across the country”.
He reiterated that as citizens of Nigeria, they had the right as enshrined in the constitution to belong or not to belong to any association.
He further stated that, “In my own view, as far as I am concerned, there is no crack in the legal profession. You may wish to say there is a crack in the NBA but that’s in your own opinion, as so many people see it. But I don’t see it that way”.
“What we are out to do is not to create a crack. What we are out to do is to bring harmony that is based on justice, rule of law and equity. So, I don’t see how somebody who is out to ensure that there is equity and rule of law, is out to create cracks.
“To have an alternate platform is a constitutional right of all as enshrined in the constitution. The fact that you are a lawyer does not mean you will remain within the fold of the NBA as an association which is just like any other association in the country”.
“The constitution recognises that one can be a member of any association that you want and you can always opt out as you wish”.
“We do not share the belief that we are out to create any problem. I don’t see how anybody who wants to exercise his constitutional rights is trying to cause any problem.”