As a devote African, Christianity or Islamic gods worshipper, I know you take your religion seriously and regularly consult your holy books to find out how to behave well and bear true witness of your faith by your daily conduct.
As a citizen too, you must be abreast of the laws of your nation.
In these laws are your Social Contract terms with the state. You can sue to enforce your rights and the state can sue to compel you to contribute or pay your own quota to the continuous existence of the state.
Lawyers, take time, well when payed, to defend those whose rights have been infringed upon. They cite the 1999 Constitution, file enforcement of Fundamental Rights Procedures, among other Originating processes but they don’t read their NBA Constitution.
Most Bar men, are not abreast with the clauses in the Amended NBA Constitution and this saddens me.
It is even worse, when those who want to lead the Bar at all levels, expose ignorance all in the name of playing politics. This makes them to make promises that cannot and can never deliver and the electorates, also break my heart by not asking them questions, instead, they are interested in hangout and “meet the aspirant” social gathering.
Is Letter of Good Standing a Pre-requisite to be cleared to contest for any position in NBA? Section 9 (3) Qualifications to hold a National Office did not mention obtaining of Letter Of Good Standing as a pre-requisite to be qualified to hold election.
Sub 3 reads;
A member of the Association shall be qualified to hold a National Office if he/she
a. is a full member of the Association and has paid, as at the date of his/her nomination, his/her Practicing Fees and Branch Dues, as and when due, for three (3) consecutive years inclusive of the year of election;
b. with respect to the office of the President, 1* Vice President and General Secretary, is in private legal practice;
C. has at any time prior to his/her nomination been a member of the National Executive Council or the Executive Committee of a Branch or Section or Forum as indicated
for contestants for the offices of President, Vice Presidents, and General Secretary – he/she shall have been a member of the National Executive Council for not less than two (2) years at the time of nomination; for contestants for the offices of Treasurer, Publicity Secretary and Welfare
Secretary – he/she shall have been a member of the National Executive Council or the Executive Committee of a Branch or Section or Forum for not less than two (2) years at the time of nomination;
for contestants for the offices of Assistant General Secretary and Assistant
Publicity Secretary he/she shall have been a member of the the Executive Committee of a Branch or Section or Forum for not less than two (2) years on, at the time of nomination has satisfied the post-call enrolment requirement specified hereunder:
President, First Vice-President, Second Vice President, Third Vice President and General Secretary – not less than fifteen (15) years post-call.
Treasurer, Publicity Secretary, and Welfare Secretary – not less than ten (10). years post-call.
In reckoning post c Page pers 10 all b/ reg 93 suing attaited & post call yeut on each succeeding anniversary of his/her call to the Bar…