President Muhammadu Buhari has hailed the Nigerian Bar Association for its members’ roles in what the President described as the success of his administration, including recovery of looted funds.
He also thanked the association for its peace and reconciliatory efforts in the insurgency-troubled North-East as well as its intervention in the South-South for which it set up special task forces.
Buhari, according to a statement made available to our correspondent, said this when the national leadership of the NBA, led by its President, Mr. Abubakar Mahmoud (SAN), paid him a courtesy visit recently.
The President said, “Lawyers have been busy since this administration came in and have played critical roles in the recovery of looted assets.
“Your support in the current initiatives of government in ensuring judicial integrity is in the best interest of government and Nigerians.
“We must embrace the rule of law for the country to move forward. And I thank the NBA for making huge contributions to the success of this administration.”
He assured the lawyers that he would not rest until issues such as Biafran agitation, crises in Taraba and conflicts between herdsmen and farmers in different parts of the country were resolved.
Mahmoud assured the President that NBA members would continue to avail the government of their competence and expertise, as he urged him to do more to address the myriad problems bedeviling the country under his watch.
The NBA President said, “We are aware that much has been achieved in the two and a half years of your administration. We do not, in any way, underrate the enormous challenges of governance and the problems that your administration inherited.
“We are also aware that many new initiatives have been introduced to enhance economic management, address issues of youth unemployment, extreme poverty and improve the diversification and competitiveness of the Nigerian economy.
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“The NBA has the requisite expertise amongst its members to contribute to policy work in all the areas of the economy and we are willing to cooperate and work with government to improve economic management in all sectors.”