Sunday, 30 August 2020

PHOTOS; Olumide Akpata sworn-in as NBA President .

Olumide Akpata, who defeated two SANS to emerged as the 30th President of the Nigeria Bar Association, NBA, was sworn-in on Friday.

Below are phoning from the Swearing-in and his full speech which he posted on his twitter page.

In Friday 28 August 2020, I was sworn into office as the 30th President of the Nigeria Bar Association, the Formosa professional membership association in Nigeria and most influential network of legal practitioners in Africa.
I use this opportunity to express my profound gratitude to God; to the entire membership of the NBA for their mandate; and to the Nigerian populace for their interest and goodwill.

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In my inaugural address to the members, I outlined our policy direction for the next two years while also assuring the members of our intention to fulfil the promises that we made during the electioneering period. For me, two things stand out. The first is the need to audit the election that led to our emergence, but which was also characterized by certain glitches that should not be associated with a foremost professional association like ours.

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It is for this reason that I immediately constituent an Electoral Audit and Reforms Committee headed by Ayo Akintunde SAN to audit our 2016, 2108 and 2020 elections and to recommend reforms for our electoral system and processes . Secondly , I am not unaware of the very recent events and agitations that have tended to divide our bar a long regional and religious lines. This is rather unfortunate for an egalitarian association like ours.

The weight of the expectations on us is immense and there is no time to take anything for granted. This enormous task cannot be achieved if we continue to fan the embers of division at a time when we desperately need to unite and speak with one firm voice.

The bar that I now lead must be one that is u it’s on all fronts and that recognizes that our diversity is, perhaps, our greatest strength . I plead with all Nigerian lawyers to bear this sense of unity in mind as we commence a new journey together.

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