On Monday, June 20, 2022 the Learned Silk Joe-Kyari Gadzama, SAN and his entourage including Mr. Mohammed Monguno, (Former Attorney-General, Borno State, Former Chairman NBA Maiduguri), Rt. Hon. Adamu Usman, (Former Attorney-General, Niger State and Former Speaker Niger State House of Assembly), Chief Oluwale, Mr. Sunusi Musa, Mr. Nasiru Usman (Chairman, NBA YLF), Mr. A.H Mohammed, Mr. Mark Chidi Agbo, (Junior Partner, J-K Gadzama, LLP), Rashidat Obamojure, Esq. (Senior Associate, J-K Gadzama, LLP, Chairperson, J-K Gadzama LLP Women’s Group), Mr. Hassan Sheriff (Associate J-K Gadzama, LLP) Miss Farida Lanre-Ipinmisho (Counsel, J-K Gadzama LLP), Miss Magai Magaji Aji (Counsel, J-K Gadzama LLP), Miss Rachel Jonathan and Mr. Anthony Ibe paid a courtesy visit to the NBA Minna Branch and had a sit-out session with Young Lawyers, Members and Executives, and FIDA Members at the NBA Minna Branch.

The opening remarks were rendered by Mr. Mohammed Waziri, (Chairman Elect of NBA Minna Branch). In his address the Chairman Elect welcomed the Learned Silk, Chief Joe-Kyari Gadzama, SAN and his entourage. He commended the impeccable personality of the Learned Silk, saying that the Learned Silk has remained a true Patriot of the Nigerian Bar and had come not just as a visitor but as one of them to share his ideas with the NBA Minna Branch.

Thereafter, he ceded the floor to the anchor who introduced Mr. Mohammed Monguno to address the attendees. Mr. Mohammed Monguno speaking passionately about the Learned Silk Joe-Kyari Gadzama, SAN said he had known the Learned Silk for a long time; since they were students. He said, “I have known Chief Joe-Kyari Gadzama, SAN and I still know him. He is someone who is resolute hardworking and God-fearing. I believe he can take the NBA to greater heights because I have watched him through the help of God advance his career from the lowest point without the advantage of a silver spoon to the peak of professional achievements. That is why I can speak on his behalf. I urge you all to give him your utmost support”.

Addressing the attendees, Mr. Mark referred to the Learned Silk as one who was not just interested in the professional growth of lawyers under his employment but was also concerned about personal development. He said, the Learned Silk had overtime ensured that his Counsel in the office were sponsored from time to time to take several certifications. He also referred to the Learned Silk as a quintessential Bar Patriot and a father not just to his biological children but his professional children.

Rashidat Obamojure, Esq. buttressed the Learned Silk’s ingenuity and fairness in handling issues in the office, (J-K Gadzama LLP). She described the Learned Silk as one who was fair to all regardless of religion, tribe or gender. According to her, about 65% of the Counsel in his office were female lawyers and the office had a women’s group known as Women’s Group of J-K Gadzama LLP. She urged the members of FIDA to support the Learned Silk in charting the course of the NBA.

Rt. Hon. Adamu Usman addressing the attendees, referred to J-K Gadzama, SAN as a true friend who always provided assistance when beckoned on. He recounted how he had been assisted several times by the Learned Silk. In his words, “J-K Gadzama, SAN is someone you all can trust and I believe he is most qualified for the job”.

Finally, the Learned addressed the attendees thanking them for their patience and kind gesture in hosting and accepting him as one of them. He said the meeting was not one for many speeches and as such he would adopt his manifesto and curriculum vitae as uploaded and shared on the website gadzama.com whilst mentioning a few things. He explained that there were no constraints on his ability to serve having amassed several achievements and gained experience through relentless service to the Nigerian Bar. In his words, “…the Nigerian Bar made me, I want reciprocate by serving the Bar in the highest possible capacity, give back to my colleagues and take the Nigerian Bar to higher heights by implementing new initiatives while continuing the good work of Mr. Olumide Akpata”. He thanked the audience for their rapt attention and prayed for God’s blessings for the Nigerian Bar.

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