Kano State governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, yesterday told the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) not to allow ethnic and religious bigotry to tear it apart.
He described the internal wrangling in the NBA as one of the most unfortunate to befall the association lamenting that such was an ill wind which would not blow any good to either the body, or the Nigerian people that are supposed to be the ultimate beneficiary of the rule of law, which the NBA is expected to champion.
Receiving the NBA President, Olumide Akpata, on a courtesy call in his office, Governor Ganduje noted that while there was bound to be differences, it was better to be united than to be divided.
The governor pointed out that while no one expected the NBA to be invulnerable to bickering associated with any group of people coming together, as a body of lawyers with outstanding records of achievement in shaping the country for good, it should not allow ethnic or religious sentiments to riven it.
He said lawyers need to come together to resolve their differences, not by breaking into splinter groups, but by ironing out their views through consensus.
While stressing the need to sensitize as many members of the association and seek to accommodate their views on matters of serious concern, Ganduje further called on them to mend their fences and work toward the good of the association and the country at large.
Akpata said he was in Kano in continuation of tour of the country and expressed satisfaction with the level of achievement by the Ganduje administration in terms of infrastructure development for the judiciary, particularly the construction of the Court of Appeal edifice, the Ceremonial Court building as well as enhanced welfare for the staff.