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Shari’ah Council criticise NBA for alleged bias in Southern Kaduna crisis

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Aug. 22, 2020 - The Supreme Council for Shari’ah in Nigeria, has criticised the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) for allegedly taking side in the Southern Kaduna crisis.

Secretary General of the Council, Nafi’u Baba-Ahmad critisized  the NBA said in a statement on Saturday reacting to the removal of Gov. Nasiru El-Rufai as speaker at the NBA forthcoming conference.

The Shari’ah Council says it is clear that the NBA has already taken side in the Southern Kaduna crises which is contrary to its members’ training and what it loudly preaches, without listening to the narrative from the other side.

“This clearly, lowly narrow political and religious sentiments have beclouded the judgment of the leadership of the NBA, forgetting the most basic principle of their training and that its members cut across all sides of the divide.”

The Shari’ah Council added that “for the association to have taken side in a conflict in such a blatantly pedestrian manner is demeaning of its status,”

It stressed that farmers and herders’ conflict was a phenomenon ravaging the entire country.

The Council said it expected the NBA to constructively engage the government and all parties towards resolving the crisis and not take side.

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