Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has expressed disappointment in the “passive” role of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) in Nigeria’s democratic growth.
The governor said this at the NBA Annual General Conference in Port Harcourt.
Governor Wike pointed out that the NBA becomes part of the problem when it remains discomfortingly indifferent and cowardly voiceless to the many issues and challenges plaguing the country.
He went on to call on the NBA to resolve against the easy path of being passive, find the courage and inspiration through positive activism to fight for good governance, democracy, judicial independence and the rule of law.”
Governor Wike also stated that the case to determine the constitutionally empowered authority to impose and collect Value Added Tax (VAT) is a nationally sensitive issue.
According to him, “never in our political history has Nigeria been so badly governed and denied of good governance with the Federal government woefully failing in its basic duties to provide for the wellbeing and security of its own citizens as we have experienced in the last six years.”
The Conference with the theme, ‘Taking The Lead’, had Rev. Dr Matthew Hassan Kukah as the Keynote Speaker and was declared open by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, represented by Justice Mary Odili.