The Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association Security Agencies Relations Committee (NBA-SARC), Chief Joe-Kyari Gadzama SAN recently submitted his nomination form and accompanying documents for the coveted position of NBA President in the forthcoming NBA National Officers Election.

The former Chairman of the NBA Section on Public Interest and Development Law (NBA-SPIDEL) arrived the Electoral Committee of the NBA (ECNBA) Secretariat at about 3:42 pm last Thursday to submit the form in compliance with the Electoral Guidelines. Many admirers of the leading litigator accompanied him to the ECNBA secretariat.

According to a statement made available to CITY LAWYER, “The Learned Silk giving his final remarks further appreciated the presence of teeming supporters and jokingly closed with a teaser, saying that, although the discussion had ended, just like the Honda Car, the discussion would continue. As usual, the jovial Bar Patriot elicited hearty laughs from all who were present amidst cheers of approval and accolades.

“Whilst exiting the premises, the Learned Silk was excused for an exclusive interview wherein he reiterated the importance of a good, all-inclusive and focused visionary leadership of the Bar.” He added that “We must live up to our roles as the watchdog of the society, the eyes of the blind, the eardrums of the deaf and the mouthpiece of the dumb. Our electoral process must set the pace and trend for the political class of our society to emulate… And this is our dream and vision, because life is not how much you acquire or own but how much impact you’re able to make on the lives of others.”

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Meanwhile, the Bar Leader has expressed sadness over the demise last weekend of Prof. Emeritus Njidda Mamadu Gadzama.

Reacting to the passing of the former university administrator, he said: “It is with great pain in my heart that I mourn the death of Prof. Njidda Mamadu Gadzama who doubled as a good friend of my late father and an uncle to myself. Prof. Njidda Mamadu Gadzama was a respectable and renowned academician whose dedication to the advancement of education in Nigeria earned him the right to be referred to as an academic leader.

“The late professor occupied several leadership positions having been the pioneer Pro-Chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of my alma mater, University of Maiduguri and the Acting Vice-Chancellor of University of Port Harcourt. I am certain that the Late Professor lived a fulfilled life as his impact through these various positions in the line of academics will forever be ingrained in our hearts. It is worthy to mention that he has also left behind a great legacy which outlives his time with us.

“On behalf of myself, my family and the entire staff of J-K Gadzama LLP, I express my heartfelt condolences to the family of Prof. Njidda Mamadu Gadzama. My solace lies in the fact that ‘the Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord (Job 1:21b)’ and ‘If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord (Romans 14:8).’ In light of the foregoing, I implore the family to take solace in the wise words of the Holy Book.”

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