On June 19, 2022, Suleja Friends of Joe-Kyari Gadzama, SAN hosted Chief Joe-Kyari Gadzama SAN and members of his entourage to lunch at Yankee’s Hotel, Suleja, Niger State. This afforded an interactive platform between members of the NBA-Suleja Branch, the Young Lawyer Forum (YLF) of the NBA Suleja Branch and the Niger Chapter of the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) all on the one hand, and the ever amiable Joe-Kyari Gadzama SAN and members of his entourage,m on the other hand, at the Yankee’s Hotel, Suleja, Niger State.

The Learned Silk had amongst his entourage, Mr. Muhammad Mongonu, the former Chairman NBA Maiduguri Branch and Former Attorney-General of Borno State, Mr. Sanusi Musa Esq, the Senior Lawyer, Mr, Nasir Saidu and Mr Hassan Sherif, Esq, amongst a host of others.

Speaking at the event organised in honour of Chief Gadzama, Mr Mohammed Tanko Zakari, a Bar leader of the NBA Suleja Branch welcomed the Learned Silk. Mr. E U Iorna, a former NEC Member for the NBA Suleja Branch, offered the opening prayer.

Speaking further during his welcome remarks, Mr. Mohammed Tanko Zakari noted that the Learned Silk is well represented in the Branch and that there was no doubt that “J-K is a household name and the right candidate to lead the Bar”. He emphasized that the Learned Silk was not at the Branch for the campaign but for an interactive session. He concluded that “With J-K, NBA Suleja is in safer hand”.

Thereafter the Learned Silk introduced the members of his entourage which included the Former Chairman NBA Maiduguri Branch and Attorney-General of Borno State, Mr. Muhammed Monguno Esq, Senior Lawyer and Lead Coordinator, Northwest, Vox Populi Foundation, Mr Sanusi Musa Esq and Mr. Hassan Sherif, Esq amongst others.

Speaking to the members of the NBA- Suleja Branch, Mr. Mohammed Mongonu, Esq, the Former Attorney General of Borno State narrated that the Learned Silk’s several selfless instances of service to the bar. He stated that Chief Joe-Kyari Gadzama, SAN is a man who stands for fairness, and professional excellence and was supremely ready to serve the Bar. He further stated that the Learned Silk is recognized and honoured in all parts of Nigeria; in the Western part as the Bobajiro of Akure Kingdom, in his hometown as the Sardauna of Uba, And more recently as the Shettima of Borno, and in the Eastern region as the Okwuluora of Ukpo. He further stated that the Learned Silk has been recognized even by the Federal Republic of Nigeria having been honoured with the title of OFR and MFR and that the Learned Silk’s accomplishments and qualifications are unquestionable, same as his unwavering commitment to the development of the legal profession.

Mr. Sanusi Musa urged the members of the NBA Suleja Branch to “follow person wey sabi road” that of all candidates, “na J-K sabi road pass” and that his antecedents speak for him. Mr. Sanusi noted 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.

Also addressing the gathering, Mr. A. M Idris, the former Chairman of NBA Suleja Branch noted that “the best man for the job now …is J-K “. E.U Iorna, described the Learned Silk as an “Abraham Lincoln” and “John Cena”, due to his never-say-die attitude, doggedness and tireless nature.

Mr. Ibrahim Bako, a chairmanship candidate for the NBA Suleja, noted that people should not catapult themselves into positions of authority without adequate and necessary preparations. He stated that Joe-Kyari Gadzama SAN’s antecedents show that he is indeed a prepared candidate. He passionately noted that “we must look at pedigree, in 2016, when I was the NBA Suleja Branch Secretary, J-K requested that the NBA Suleja Branch send 10 lawyers for mentorship ” this according to Mr. Bawa shows that Chief Gadzama is a mentor, adequately prepared to take up the role of leadership. “If you want a Bar you will be proud of, vote for a prepared candidate, J-K Gadzama is a prepared candidate” he concluded.

A representative of the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) Niger Branch, Sadiya Muhammed spoke, praising the Learned Silk for his efforts and strides. Mrs Fatimah Muhammed, a member of the NBA Suleja Branch and FIDA stated that she was privileged to read the Learned Silk’s manifesto, especially the part that pertains to the remuneration for young lawyers, she appreciated the learned silk for making the young lawyers a priority,

Mr. Buhari Saidu Adamu, also of the NBA Suleja Branch noted that “J-K is not only ready to lead the Bar, but lead the Bar successfully and competently”. And that the members of the NBA- Suleja Branch will kowtow and vote for the Learned Silk.

The Vote of Thanks was given by an active member of the NBA SPIDEL and majority leader of Democracy Africa Youth Parliament, Mr. Nasir Saidu, who appreciated M. T Zakari And the NBA Suleja Branch, the YLF NBA Suleja Branch, for finding J-K worthy. Mr Muhammed Auwal thereafter offered the closing prayer.

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