NBA MOOTH COATBy Uthman Siraja

The Minna and Suleja branches of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) have thrown their weight behind the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), and Parliamentarian Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN), in solidarity to their ongoing demand for financial autonomy.

The national leadership of the NBA has directed all branches across the country to join the JUSUN and PASAN to support the two unions in their respective states to press home their demand for financial autonomy as enshrined in section 121 (3), of the 1999 constitution as amended.

In compliance with the directive, the two branches of the NBA in Minna and Suleja held an emergency meeting with the JUSUN and PASAN at the conference hall of the Niger State Judicial Service Commission (NJSC), with a view to supporting their demand.

Speaking with Journalists shortly after the meeting, Chairman, Suleja Branch of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Barrister Clement Okhaigbe explained that as a result of the directive received from the national leadership of the association, the two branches of the association will join both unions in solidarity to their demand.

He said the two branches of the NBA, Minna and Suleja will on Monday, next week take to the streets of Minna in solidarity to the course the two unions.

He noted that the two branches of Minna and Suleja have already taken it upon themselves to take to the streets in a peaceful protest to the government house and present their letter of protest to the governor.

Earlier, the chairman NBA Minna branch, Barrister Mohammed Abubakar El-surur, stated that the national secretariat of the association has directed all its members across the country to join forces with the two unions in ensuring that the executive comply with their demand as pronounced by a Federal High Court in Abuja.

“In compliance with the directive from our national president, we are going to embark on peaceful protest to government house on Monday, and forward our letter of protest to the governor in his office. That is our own position. If by Monday, the strike was not suspended, or called off, we shall take to the streets in peaceful demonstration to government house,” he said.