A former emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi has faulted the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) for withdrawing an invitation previously extended to Governor Nasir El-rufai of Kaduna state to attend its annual general conference.
Sanusi on Sunday, August 23, said the decision of the NBA was sad for the freedom of speech in Nigeria.
He spoke on the issue after a meeting he had with El-Rufai at the government house in Kaduna state, The Cabel reported.
The former emir argued that if the NBA felt the Kaduna governor was not doing well, it should have invited the governor to its conference to avail him of the opportunity to explain himself.
According to the former emir, the NBA could have used El-Rufai’s invitation as an avenue to tell the governor what he was doing wrong.
He said the association could learn from the governor and that the governor could also learn from the NBA.
Sanusi described El-Rufai as someone who some people call controversial because he expresses his views very clearly.
He pointed out that people may not like the way the governor expresses his views on matters but noted that being controversial is actually having an opinion.
Sanusi advised the NBA not to allow the reactions that trailed the withdrawal of El-Rufai’s invitation to degenerate into another crisis.