PUBLIC INTEREST ADVOCACY AND ROBUST HUMAN RIGHTS PROGRAMME

THE BAR AS THE VOICE OF THE VOICELESS

It is in recognition of the cardinal role of the NBA in the society as the voice of the masses that the Association is expected to always speak and act in the overriding public interest. The #ALLINCLUSIVEBAR shall strive to raise this voice in the following ways and more, to wit;

  1. Develop a very comprehensive public interest advocacy programme with a view to contributing to legal, political, economic and social reforms in Nigeria.
  2. Re-awaken and strengthen the NBA Section on Public Interest and Development Law (SPIDEL), being the key platform for driving the NBA public interest advocacy agenda.
  3. Restructure and re-strengthen the NBA Human Rights Institute (NBA-HRI) to become more responsive.
  4. Offer leadership and coordination to all Civil Society Organizations in Nigeria.

We shall promote the independence and institutional efficiency of Anti-corruption institutions

We shall rise to defend the Constitution and promote the Rule of Law in the fight against corruption.

To make our role as the watchdog of the society real and attainable, we will regularly consult Bar leaders and Past Presidents to getting them refocus on the affairs of the Nigerian Bar Association and offer needed advice from time to time. There shall be periodic and timely Press Releases on the State of the Bar and State of the Nation with the inputs of Bar leaders.

 POLICE BRUTALITY AND HOSTILITY TO LAWYERS

To preserve the nobility and dignity of legal profession in Nigeria, this rising ugly development must be quickly nipped by the NBA.

In the #ALLINCLUSIVEBAR, no lawyer will be harassed, assaulted and/or brutalised in the course of his duty as counsel. We shall engage the police hierarchy and other security agencies to making them understand that lawyers are ministers in the temple of justice and ought to be accorded maximum respect.

Human Rights Committees of all the branches of NBA shall be specially empowered to take decisive steps and report timeously to National, any case of police brutality/hostility to any lawyer in the course of client representation.

Lawyers will also be encouraged to discharge their professional duties with utmost dignity and professional discipline.