The Nigerian bar Association (NBA) has announced its withdrawal from the ongoing National Conference due to single slot allocated the it by the Federal Government, which they say is insufficient.
This was made known by the president of the association, Chief Okey Wali (SAN), through a communique issued after its executive committee meeting on Wednesday, March 19, 2014.
According to Wali, one slot was not sufficient for the association to make impact in the proposed conference.
“In view of the fact that so many legal issues would be addressed at the national conference, it is only fitting and proper for the umbrella association of all lawyers, the profession with expertise on law making in Nigeria should have more than one slot,” he said.
Talking about the recent violent attacks in North East, Kaduna and Benue states which claimed many lives, Wali called for “dispassionate and decisive” action.
Wali also criticized the dwindling budgetary allocations to the judiciary which dropped from N95 billion in 2010 to N68 billion in 2014, the NBA stated that “only the existence of a virile, fearless, and independent judiciary that can guarantee and enduring democratic government, and the maintenance of law and order.”