NBA faults agitations on break up of Nigeria

NBA faults agitations on break up of Nigeria

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has faulted calls in some quarters for the country’s breakup.

According to the association, hate speech, eviction threat, insecurity, is scaring investors away from the country.

NBA’S President, Abubakar Mahmoud (SAN), in a statement, said the developments were as a result of the failure of past administrations to address the nation’s many socio-political and economic challenges.

Faulting the ‘quit notice’ issued to the Igbos in the north, Mahmoud argued that every Nigerian has the constitutional rights to live, travel and own property in any part of the country.

He said “no individual, group or organisation under any guise can lawfully issue any form of notice to Nigerians with the goal of diminishing the enjoyment of these rights.”

NBA, however, commended moves by the Acting President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, in addressing the challenges.

He urged government at all levels to respect rule of law and rights of citizens while enforcing the laws of the country without fear, favour, or discrimination.

The statement read “the Nigerian Bar Association is deeply concerned at the recent heightened agitation by individuals, groups and organizations calling for the violent breakup of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“Some have advocated secession of certain parts from the country; others have called for some ethnicities to be excised and some others have even gone to the extent of issuing what they call ‘quit notice’ against some ethnic nationalities in Nigeria.

“These advocacies have been characterised by deeply hateful and hurtful speech on all sides, incitement, tendentious and unguarded comments and war-mongering all designed to attack the resolve of the Nigerian people to live in peace, mutual respect and harmony.

“The Nigerian Bar Association rejects these tendencies unequivocally and condemns all such threats to the sovereign existence of Nigeria and the peaceful co-existence of our communities.

“The NBA is concerned, nevertheless, that these acts of hate speech threatening secession, war and violent breakup of the country have been allowed to persist to the point where they are now creating fear and anxiety amongst the people of Nigeria and sending panic signals to our neighbours and the international community.

“They have, in addition, shaken investors’ confidence in our country, contributing to slowing down economic and social activities.”

NBA therefore charged the labour unions, professional associations, civil society groups among others, to adopt peaceful resolution of political difference in our country.

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