Comments Off on NBA lost the opportunity to interact with El Rufai—-Sanusi reacts to the NBA’s decision to uninvite Gov. El-Rufai to its conference
Deposed Emir of Kano Sanusi Lamido Sanusi has described the exclusion of Kaduna State governor Nasir El Rufai as a conference speaker by the Nigerian Bar Association as a loss to them.
In his reaction, while speaking with newsmen after his visit to the Kaduna State government house on Sunday where he met with the Governor, Sanusi noted that the legal practitioners have lost a great opportunity to interact with a knowledgeable person by dis-inviting El-Rufai.
Recall the El Rufai’s name was dropped from the list of conference speakers after his invitation, some lawyers threatened to boycott the conference if the Kaduna State governor remains on the list over cases of insecurity in some parts of the state.
However, Sanusi opined that the NBA should have gotten the opportunity to interrogate the governor on the latest happenings in the state as the invitation served as an opportunity for them to have him under their roof.
He added that the lawyers by their action lost an opportunity to share and cross-fertilize ideas on issues of governance as well as other important issues.
In his words;
“If you feel that the governor of Kaduna state is not doing well, you should invite him to your conference and ask him, and let him explain himself on what he’s doing and tell him what you think he’s doing wrong. You will learn something from him and he’ll learn something from you,” he said.
“If you disagree with someone, having him in your hall and telling him your view is the best and he can defend himself. And if they’re things he needs to improve, he’ll take them on board and if they’re things you don’t know of, you’ll be better informed. I think NBA has lost an opportunity to interrogate the Governor and collectively rub minds to identify areas that need to be addressed for the purpose of governance,” he stated.
Sanusi also called for caution while stating that the issue should not be allowed to degenerate into a religious or ethnic debate but acknowledge that El-Rufai’s presence at the conference would have been an added advantage to the NBA in terms of the opportunity to rob minds.
“That’s the best way, I think to handle matters like this but then again, I’ve seen the response from different part of the NBA, I hope this isn’t turned into an ethnic and religious matter, it should be a matter of principle and I really think it’s their loss, if he was there, he will add value to them,” he said.
“I am aware that the vast majority of NBA members do not agree with those things. You know if you have an opinion, people will either agree with you or disagree with you. But a man who has an opinion that can be agreed with or disagreed with is always better than a man who has no opinion at all.
“Nasir always has opinions, he knows what his position is on things. He says that position very clearly, people will like it, some people will not like it and that is what some people call controversial and being controversial is actually having an opinion.
“If you don’t want to be controversial, you just be flexible, just flow with the wind and nobody knows where you stand. Then you will not have any friends or enemies, as the case may be.”