Former Chairman of Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Lagos Branch, Mr. Alex Muoka has urged members of the Eastern Bar Forum (EBF) to tackle “issues of compelling national urgency” as they meet today in the “Garden City” of Port Harcourt.
In a statement made available to CITY LAWYER, the Bar Leader described EBF as the “most structured and vibrant” regional forum and congratulated the EBF Governor Soseipriye Long Williams on his recent election, adding that he has shown “purposeful leadership and a renewed direction” for the forum.

The full text of the statement is below:

“As the Eastern Bar Forum (of the Nigerian Bar Association) meets this weekend in the Garden City of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, I congratulate (again) the new leadership led by HE (Governor) Soseipriye Long Williams – the Chairman of the Governing Council of the EBF. In the short time since assuming office, the EBF Governor has demonstrated clear signs of purposeful leadership and a renewed direction for the Forum.

“Although the focus of the Forum is primarily to cater for the interest of its members within the larger body of the Nigerian Bar Association, the perilous times in which we live warrant that the EBF take a more active interest in the affairs of our beleaguered country.

“I therefore urge members and friends of EBF as we all converge in Port Harcourt to include issues of compelling national urgency in the deliberations. As the most structured and vibrant regional fora within the NBA, the EBF must lead the discourse, identify the problems and begin to proffer solutions.

“Journey mercies to and fro to all travelling delegates, and greetings to our reputedly warm and gracious Port-Harcourt hosts.”


Alex Muoka
Former Chairman
NBA Lagos Branch