On Sunday, June 19, 2022, the Friends of Joe-Kyari Gadzama SAN organized a Dinner Party which hosted the members of the Kaduna Bar, alongside the amiable Chief Joe-Kyari Gadzama SAN, and the teeming members of his eminent entourage some of whom are from the NBA Abuja Branch, the NBA Kano Branch, the NBA Kafanchan Branch, the NBA Zaria Branch, the NBA Funtua Branch, the NBA Katsina Branch and the NBA Suleja Branch, amongst others.

Also in attendance were eminent members and Bar leaders from the Kaduna Bar such as Ustaz Yunus Usman, SAN, Mr. Sani Katu SAN and Mr Tajudeen Oladoja SAN. Others were Mr. M.T Muhammed (the Chairman NBA Kaduna Branch), Ms Julie Ariahu Esq, Ms. Juliet Agada Esq, Mr. Musa Kakaki Esq, Mr. Maxwell Kyon (Secretary, Kaduna Branch), Mr. Ahmed Abdulrazaq Idowu Esq, Mr. Mustapha Haruna (the PRO NBA Kaduna Branch).

The entourage from the NBA Kano Branch included the amiable Mr. Sunusi Musa Esq, Mr. A.A. Sani Esq. Miss Hadiza Nasir Ahmed Esq. Mr. Adamu Ishaq Esq, Mr. Nura Yusuf Garba, amongst others. Mr. Hassan Sherif Esq, a young lawyer from the NBA Abuja Branch was also a part of the Chief Gadzama’s entourage.

Some of the Members of the Chief Gadzama ’s entourage from the NBA Zaria Branch, include Ms. Aisha Ismail Damisa Esq, A.Y Mohammed Esq, Sani Musa Esq, Abigail Daniel Esq, Umma Sani Salihu Esq, Hajara Adamu Esq.

The entourage from the NBA Funtua Branch included: Lawal Amah Esq, B.F Abdullahi Esq, Tijanni Magagi Esq (the Secretary NBA Funtua Branch), Anas Aminu Esq, Zainab Abdulrahim, Mahadi Abdul Salam, Umar Hassan, Nazir Suleiman, Isah Haruna, Ibrahim Saidu, Ahmed Abubakar, Abubakar Abdul Salam.

From the NBA Katsina Branch, was Mr. S.Y Wurma (the Past Secretary). From the NBA Suleja Branch were Mr. Muhammad Hassan Adamu Esq, Mr Nasiru Usman Esq (YLF Chairman NBA Suleja Branch), Sagir Salisu, Abraham Favour Esq and Nasiru Saidu.

Some of the Members of the NBA Barnawa Branch were: Mr. Alhassan Aliyu Esq. (Provost), Halima Sadiya Shabi Esq, Jane Dike, Cynthia C. Cypriot Esq., D.I Audu Esq., Emmanuel Ejim Esq, Lawrence Otaha, Esq.

Members of the NBA Kafanchan Branch present include Mr. W.D. Kadina (a Bar Leader), Adams Nathan, C. Abba Esq, Luka Maza Junior, Audu Bobra, N. R. Yam, Ankuma Yem.

Speaking at the Events was Uztaz Yunuz Usman SAN who noted that Chief Joe Kyari Gadzama is “totally qualified” and that “Kaduna is known for always choosing the best” and that if Chief Joe-Kyari Gadzama becomes the next President, he “should continue to be a Leader and not a Ruler”. Mr. Mohammed Sani Katu SAN gave a remark welcoming the Chief Gadzama and his entourage to Kaduna State and its branch of the NBA. Mr. Tajudeen Oladoja SAN also extended his felicitations and was ever happy to offer words of advice and encouragement to especially the younger members of the Bar present, thereafter welcoming Chief Joe-Kyari Gadzama SAN. The Chairman NBA Kaduna Branch, Mr. M.T Muhammed also gave his remark, welcoming the Chief Gadzama amiably to the Kaduna Bar.

Members of the Chief Gadzama’s entourage also gave their remark. Mr. Mohammed Monguno, the Former Attorney-General Borno State and former Chairman of NBA Maiduguri Branch emphasized that J-K has a track record of consistent service to the Bar, having served in numerous capacities, including as Pioneer Chairman, NBA-SPIDEL (2006-2010), Pioneer Vice-Chairman NBA SLP, Pioneer Council Member, NBA-SBL, Former Chairman, NBA- Abuja [Unity Bar] (2002-2004), Pioneer Chairman and the NBA- Security Agencies Relations Committee amongst several others.

Senior lawyer Mr. Sanusi Musa noted that Chief Joe-Kyari Gadzama SAN is a prepared candidate. Mr Sunusi advised in his ever-charismatic manner that members of the Branches present should “follow person wey sabi road” that of all candidates, “na J-K sabi road pass” and that his antecedents speak for him. Mr. Sunusi further urged that at such a critical time as this, the NBA cannot afford to have leaders that do not know what Bar leadership is all about.

Mr. A. A. Sani, Esq. a senior lawyer from the NBA Kano Branch enumerated the numerous selfless contributions of Chief Gadzama to the development of the legal profession in Nigeria. He cited that Chief Gadzama had over the years been consistent in his quest at improving the capacity of lawyers through continuing legal education, especially for the young lawyers through his Annual Lectures currently in its 13th Edition and Mentoring Programs currently in its 7th edition.

Mr. Samson Audu, the immediate Past Chairman of the NBA Kaduna Branch was especially emphatic in his remarks about Chief Gadzama. He noted that the Chief Gadzama had paid his dues and was especially a friend of the NBA – Kaduna Branch having actively participated consistently in the Branch’s previous activities over the years.

Ms. Julie Ariahu Esq, the Vice-Chairperson, Kaduna Branch, International Federation of Women Lawyer (FIDA), also appreciated Chief Gadzama, and thereafter welcomed him and his entourage.

Just before addressing the gathering, Chief Gadzama took a bow, felicitated and appreciated everyone for such a warm reception and thereafter gave a remark which earned him several ovations, cheers and applauses from the members of the NBA Branches present. Chief Gadzama particularly noted that though other candidates for the position of the NBA- Presidency may be qualified, he was the prime candidate for the job and the candidate to beat being the primus inter pares amongst his other fellow contestants.

Chief Gadzama thereafter treated everyone present to prime vintage dance steps much to the amazement of all. “Young at heart”, he called himself. He dance for hours tirelessly and far into the night with everyone and anyone, male and female, old and young, entrenching further, even on a lighter note, the mantra he preaches: “An All-Inclusive Bar”.

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