The Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Security Agencies Relations Committee, Chief Joe-Kyari Gadzama, SAN has been hosted by the Executives of the Christian Lawyers Fellowship of Nigeria (CLASFON), Ilorin Branch led by its Chairman, John Mayokun Dada alongside Mr. Femi Olorunfemi (Secretary) and John Olotu Bariki (Public Relations Officer).
Meanwhile, the leading litigator and chartered arbitrator also joined the Muslim Lawyers Association of Nigeria (MULAN), Kwara Chapter at the Princess Luxury Hotel and Tourism, Pipeline Road, Ilorin, Kwara State to celebrate the sallah holiday.
Gadzama was accompanied to the CLASFON meeting by the former Speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Dr. Akin Onigbinde (SAN); Mr. Oyetola Muyiwa Atoyebi (SAN) and Mr. Olasunkanmi Emmanuel Oluwabiyi.
Dada welcomed the entourage to Ilorin Branch and him that the executives deemed it necessary to welcome them to Ilorin. He informed the delegation of the activities of the chapter.
Responding, Gadzama appreciated CLASFON Ilorin branch executives for the honour done to him and promised to continue to support the objectives of CLASFON as a member. He stated that the essence of the fellowship is to instill the godly nature of Jesus Christ on members of the legal profession to ensure they are worthy of good conduct and character by shunning corruption. He commended the executives for their good service and implored them to be steadfast in their service to God Almighty and humanity.
Gadzama has over the years supported CLASFON in many ways. It is noted that the law firm of Gadzama LLP has over the years held Annual Christmas Carol by bringing together members from within and outside the Bar to mark the celebration of the birth of Christ. It is recalled that the National President of CLASFON, Prof. Oluwole Akintayo attended the last Christmas Carol of the firm held on Monday, 20th December, 2021 as Guest Speaker.
Gadzama was accompanied to the MULAN ceremony by the former Speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Dr. Akin Onigbinde, SAN; Mr. Oyetola Muyiwa Atoyebi, SAN; Mr. M. I. Akande; Mr. Ganny Ajape; Chief Debo Adeyemo; Mr. Olasunkanmi Oluwabiyi and Nafisat Ibrahim.
The NBA-SARC Chairman told the huge crowd that he has been enjoying the festive season in Ilorin with friends and colleagues. He encouraged the MULAN to keep up her good work by instilling the virtues of a true Muslim among her members.
Akande extolled the Chairman of MULAN Kwara Chapter, Mr. Folorunsho Ahmad Hussein who played a vital role in the NBA Ilorin Branch over the years and had been responsive to his duties. He introduced Gadzama and his entourage to the chairman of MULAN Ilorin Chapter.
Onigbinde disclosed that he had always been a friend to MULAN even to the point that he was invited to their Annual Lecture at Ibadan Chapter in Oyo State. He implored the chapter to extend their goodwill and kindness to others outside the faith.
On his part, Ajape aligned himself with Onigbinde and disclosed that Gadzama despite being a Christian, was solely responsible for completion of the Hajj to Mecca by some members of the Bar.
While the meeting with MULAN executives was ongoing, the National President of MULAN, Prof. Ibrahim A. Abikan joined the gathering.
Gadzama stated that he believes that the meeting was ordained by Allah. He informed the gathering that right from a tender age, he has always being a unifier of people regardless of religion, age, class, association, culture and philosophies. He implored the members to continue to propagate the virtues of true Muslims among the members and to others outside the faith.
The Chairman of MULAN, Kwara Chapter, Folorunsho Ahmad Hussein described the Sallah picnic as unique due to the presence of Gadzama, his entourage and the National President of MULAN, Prof. Ibrahim A. Abikan.
Abikan urged the members present to see everyone as human beings first. He attested to the fact that the good name of Gadzama has been registered in the hearts of MULAN members. Abikan prayed that Allah expands Gadzama’s coast to continue with his service to God and humanity. He stated that Gadzama’s presence in Ilorin has a hand of Almighty Allah. He noted that he has had heard about all the good works of Gadzama and will continue to have the Bar Leader in his prayers.
The MULAN Kwara Chapter Executives and members who were on hand to receive Gadzama were Abdullahi Saliu Ishola (1st Vice Chairman), Nurat Toyin Obalowu (2nd Vice Chairman), Malik Abdulmajeed (Secretary), Aminat Adeshina (Treasurer), Adewale Sheriff Oseni, Hajia Falilat Balogun (Ex-officio), Shehu Ismail Salaudeen (Ex-officio), Haruna Mahmud (PRO 1), Ibrahim T. Balogun (PRO 2), Lawal Abdulrasheed and Ridwan Musa, to mention a few.
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