Wike blows hot calls Nigerian Bar Association useless, only good at issuing statements.

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Wike blows hot calls Nigerian Bar Association useless

Wike blows hot calls Nigerian Bar Association useless, only good at issuing statements.

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), according to Rivers Governor Nyesom Wike, has failed to intervene as President Muhammadu Buhari’s regime “becomes more known” for abusing the rule of law.

The governor expressed sorrow over the NBA‘s lacklustre attitude to social change in a statement sent by his media assistant Kelvin Ebiri, saying it is a disservice to the country and exposes it to ridicule.

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“It’s unfortunate that the NBA is only good at issuing condemnation statements without more,” Mr Wike said, “while the judiciary continues to face ferocious harassment from a federal government that has become notorious for its contempt for the rule of law and Nigerians’ rights to an effective justice system.”

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The governor of the state of Rivers asked the NBA to move beyond making remarks and take tangible steps to combat attacks on the country’s judiciary.

Mr Wike made the remarks during a book presentation in honour of Justice Mary Odili, who is retiring from the Supreme Court and celebrating her 70th birthday in Port Harcourt.

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During a valedictory court session held in honour of Mrs Odili, he disagreed with several speakers who blamed politics for the judiciary’s problems.

The governor claimed that in 2016, Mr Buhari’s regime carried out premeditated nocturnal raids on judges’ homes in Abuja, Port Harcourt, Gombe, Kano, Enugu, and Sokoto, including Supreme Court justices.

Mr Wike promised that if elected president of Nigeria in 2023, he would work with the National Assembly to prioritize judicial officers’ welfare, including providing official cars and long-term housing “like is done in Rivers.”

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Mrs Odili, a former Supreme Court justice, stated that Nigerian judges were among the greatest in the world, but that they were mistreated at home.

Mrs Odili, who served as the first lady of Rivers from 1999 to 2007, expressed her joy that some of her decisions had been made public.

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