Thursday, 23 July 2020

RE: NBA HAS PRODUCED FIFTEEN (15) NON-SAN PRESIDENTS & THIRTEEN (13) SAN PRESIDENTS IN THE PAST. By Sylvester Udemezue


RE: NBA HAS PRODUCED FIFTEEN (15) NON-SAN PRESIDENTS & THIRTEEN (13) SAN PRESIDENTS IN THE PAST

By Sylvester Udemezue

I have just read the rejoinder written by distinguished Learned Silk, Chief Ferdinand Orbih to the letter by highly respected Chief Awomolo, SAN.  Although, in my humble view, Chief Orbih’s commentary on Chief Awolowo’s unfortunate letter, appears partly more like a campaign statement, I salute respected Chief ORBIH, for declaring that: “this is not the first time that a member of the outer Bar is contesting for the Office of NBA President. ...The above table shows clearly that the NBA has had 15 Presidents from the Outer Bar and 13 Presidents who took silk prior to their election as NBA President.”


Learned Silk Orbih's respectable and honorable declaration that 15 past NBA Presidents had ascended the throne of NBA Leadership as Non-SANs, appears to show that there had/has never been any collective agreement to discriminate against non-SANs in NBA national leadership. Chief Orbih has cleared the air, which in turn goes to show that Learned Silk Awomolo's letter was entirely his own personal opinion, although unfortunate, with due respect to him. This being the case, any aspirant (SAN or Non-SAN) in the NBA 2020 national elections who relies on or who uses the parochial, divisive argument of SAN or non-SAN as a campaign slogan or campaign statement, to win voters, should be seen  as unserious and having nothing to offer.

The bottom line is, whether you are a SAN or not a SAN, election campaigns must be based on your plans and vision for the Bar. You would get elected only on the strength of your competence and possession of leadership credentials, not on whether you are a SAN or not a SAN. Let’s face real issues now and leave segregation and divisiveness

Respectfully

Sylvester Udemezue
(first published on 30 June 2020)


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