Agbakoba Backs Ojukwu for NBA Presidency

The quest by Prof. Ernest Ojukwu SAN to clinch the coveted presidency of the Nigerian Bar Association has received a major boost with his endorsement by former NBA President, Dr. Olisa Agbakoba SAN.

Below is the full text of the endorsement as sent to CITY LAWYER.


In about one week we would vote for the next President of the NBA. It is clear to me, from the list of contestants that, Prof Ernest Ojukwu SAN is the most qualified.

Ernest worked closely with me on many thematic subjects of reform when I was NBA president. He was extremely resourceful. I also know he immensely contributed to the success of past presidents such as Chief Okpoko SAN, OCJ Okocha, SAN, Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN, Bayo Ojo SAN, Prince Lanke Odogiyan, Governor Akeredolu SAN etc. He has clear vision and understanding of the workings of the Bar and the legal profession at the highest level. NBA needs Prof. Ojukwu’s leadership experience, integrity, sincerity, and courage.

I believe that the Bar needs a President who can stand as did Thomas Erskine, in England, and declare bravely that: ‘I will at all hazard, protect the independence” of the Nigerian Bar and the legal profession.

We need a man of courage and conviction who has a full grasp of issues not just of the Bar, but also of our nation and will be able to speak out with courage, conviction and candour.

I have read the manifestos of all the candidates. Prof Ojukwu’s is inspiring. I endorse him.

Dr. Olisa Agbakoba, SAN

Past President,     

Nigerian Bar Association