Finally, the Eastern Bar Forum (EBF), has weighed into the suspension saga hanging over the General Secretary, Mrs Joyce Oduah.
According to a statement by Chief Uba Anene.
Chairman, EBF Governing Council “The EBF is also not a football to be kicked around by anybody for some selfish personal agenda; nor should it take sides in a personal conflict which was not brought to its notice by the combatants until it had been played out on social media.”
Below is the full statement:
ON THE MISUNDERSTANDING WITHIN THE NBA NEC.—By Chief Uba Anene.
Chairman, EBF Governing Council.
Regional foras of the NBA evolved over time until acknowledged in the 2015 NBA constitution as a vehicle for inclusiveness in the association, not division and dissension.
Therefore those straining to stampede the EBF into assuming the role of an ethnic or sectional vanguard in defence or propagation of some narrow sectional interests are either misguided or mischievous. They must know that they will fail.
The EBF will always act in the overall best interest of the Bar. It will criticise or condemn or comment when necessary for the good of the legal profession.
The EBF is also not a football to be kicked around by anybody for some selfish personal agenda; nor should it take sides in a personal conflict which was not brought to its notice by the combatants until it had been played out on social media.
Dark forces have been about, trying to undermine or damage the NBA and the legal profession in the current dispensation. We must not lend our support to our own destruction by unnecessary divisive rhetoric.
The Olumide Akpata led executive – which has a full complement of six EBF members within its ranks – has run its impactful course. With the election of its successor over, it has become a lame duck Presidency; with no more favours to dispense.
It is now easy to kick it around. We must not join in that alluring act of great ingratitude. We shall instead join hands with well meaning leaders and stakeholders to find an amicable resolution of the current situation.
We are consulting across the board for the purpose in private, and we are hopeful that there shall be light at the end of this tunnel.
Long live the EBF!
Long live the NBA!!