November 29, 2022



2023 takes centre-stage at NBA convention: Tinubu Presidency ‘ll replicate Lagos, Borno wonders – Shettima 

Prime presidential candidates within the 2023 basic elections Monday took turns on the ongoing 2022 Annual Nationwide Convention of the Nigerian Bar Affiliation (NBA), the 62nd within the sequence, holding in Lagos, throughout which they dissected the nation’s challenges and advised methods out.

The audio system embrace former Vice President Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Occasion (PDP),  the All Progressives Congress (APC) vice presidential candidate, Senator Kashim Shettima, Mr. Peter Obi of Labour Occasion (LP), Mr. Oluwole Adebayo of the Social Democratic Occasion (SDP) and Dumebi Kachikwu of the African Democratic Congress (ADC).

The convention was themed “Daring Transitions” which began August 19 and ending August 26, 2022 and holding on the Eko Atlantic Metropolis in Lagos state.

All of them spoke in the course of the panel session moderated by former NBA President Olisa Agbakoba (SAN).

Whereas Shettima mentioned the APC presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tunubu and himself would replicate the feats they achieved in Lagos and Borno as governors, Atiku mentioned all the things adverse was occurring in Nigeria of in the present day, promising to repair the challenges.


Addressing the gathering, former Vice President Atiku mentioned since 1999, Nigeria had by no means skilled the extent of poverty, insecurity and unemployment it’s presently passing by means of.

“For the reason that return of democracy in 1998/99, Nigeria has by no means discovered itself in such a really, very vital level in our historical past. At this time, we’ve had all of the adverse indices. At this time, we’re all disunited within the nation.

“We have now by no means skilled this stage of poverty. We have now by no means skilled this state of insecurity. We have now by no means skilled this stage of unemployment. We have now recognised all these adverse growth in our historical past,” he mentioned.

The previous VP mentioned historical past beckoned on Nigerians to deal with the adverse developments.

“That is the place historical past and expertise beckon on us to ensure that we don’t get it incorrect at this cut-off date in any other case if we get it incorrect, I don’t know after we will ever get it proper.

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“I’ve been concerned within the wrestle to return this nation to democracy to this nation within the time of navy days.  In actual fact, I may even say I used to be even fortunate to be alive as a result of so lots of my contemporaries have been killed on this wrestle however by the grace of God I’ve survived until this cut-off date,” mentioned the PDP commonplace bearer.

The previous VP was additionally reported to have posted on his Twitter web page, Monday, saying he was on the NBA convention to provide legal professionals insights into his daring coverage.

“I used the chance of the primary plenary session of the 62nd NBA convention to provide Nigerian legal professionals an perception into my daring coverage framework that embodies Unity, Safety, Financial system, Schooling and Devolution of energy to states and native governments.

“Identified by the acronym of Unity-SEED. I pressured how interconnected these 5 coverage prescriptions are. I assured them {that a} new Nigeria of our desires is feasible within the fingers of a daring man of expertise. -AA,” he tweeted.

On the disaster within the nation’s public varsities, the previous VP mentioned he would switch the management of public universities to the state authorities if elected president.

Talking towards the backdrop of the continued federal authorities and Educational Workers Union of Universities (ASUU) face-off, Atiku mentioned the continued closure of universities wouldn’t have occurred if the schooling system wasn’t solely meant for the federal authorities to deal with.

Atiku mentioned: “The one manner is to just be sure you make conducive setting obtainable to each overseas and native traders to take part in our nation, whether or not it’s infrastructure, whether or not it’s schooling, whether or not it’s energy.

“I had an argument with a college professor from Federal College, Lokoja. He mentioned he learn in my coverage doc that I supposed to devolve, in different phrases, to return schooling to the states. How dare I try this?”

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“I consider we’ve had an expertise and that have should be introduced again,” he mentioned, including that underneath the current administration, the nation has recorded “all of the adverse indices. At this time we’re extra disunited.”


In his remarks, the APC vice presidential candidate, Senator Shettima, mentioned Nigerians gained’t vote “pretentious politicians” however a candidate like Tinubu with capability to duplicate the “wonders” in Lagos and Borno states.

The pretentious politicians, Shettima mentioned, “usually converse good however find yourself performing underwhelming after ascending positions of authority.”

The 2-term governor who stood in for the APC presidential candidate mentioned: “Nigerians have the aptitude to see by means of the worn-out rhetoric and sophistry of pretentious politicians. Nigerians ought to observe the person who is aware of the highway.

“From day one, we’ll hit the bottom working. We’ll promptly handle the problem of the economic system, ecology and safety.”

Recalling his achievements as governor, Shettima mentioned: “I constructed a few of the finest faculties in Nigeria. Go to Borno and see wonders. You’ll by no means consider that it’s a state in a state of battle.”

He known as on Nigerians to vote for a pacesetter with the “talent set for world economic system”, saying the chief that remodeled Lagos’s economic system into one of many largest in Africa and “mentored women and men” has the capability to guide the nation.

Obi, Adebayo

Additionally talking on the session, the LP commonplace bearer, Mr. Obi, urged Nigerians to vote “a visionary chief,” stressing that with the extent of insecurity and financial “mess, subsequent 12 months’s election needs to be about character, capability, competence.”

In his personal remarks, Mr. Adebayo of the SDP additionally mentioned there was an pressing want for the political class to “cease stealing” and permit the nation’s wealth influence the individuals positively.  

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He mentioned one of many methods of stabilising the Naira was to chorus from having “a twin system the place one one that has a buddy within the Central financial institution could make $30 million {dollars} by shopping for on the official charge and promoting to the hard-working individuals” at an elevated charge.

The SDP flag bearer additionally mentioned: “Importers and grocery store house owners shouldn’t be making extra money than producers and farmers.”


Additionally taking his flip on the confab, the ADC presidential candidate, Mr. Kachikwu known as Tinubu nice grandfather, Atiku – grandfather and Obi father.

He additional mentioned:  “If the panel session on democratic transitions in twenty first Century Nigeria went on for an additional 5hrs, the opposite candidates wouldn’t be capable of proffer any options to the problems plaguing the nation. They’ll’t give what they don’t have.”

He bemoaned the truth that faculties in Abuja had been shut down over safety points despite the fact that President Buhari lives in Abuja. “So, what a part of Nigeria may then be thought-about secure?”  

Omokri on Tinubu’s absence

Nonetheless, a former aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Pastor Reno Omokri, queried Tinubu’s absence on the assembly of the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Ahmed Bola Tinubu.

He mentioned on his Fb deal with: “If Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi can fly to Lagos to talk on the Nigerian Bar Affiliation Annual Basic Convention, then what excuse can Bola Tinubu have if he doesn’t present face there? It’s occurring in Lagos. He lives in Lagos. Lagos is his base. He claims to be from Lagos (though Osun…).

“The venue of the 2022 NBA Annual Basic Convention is strictly 5.7 kilometres from Bola Tinubu’s residence at Bourdillon, Ikoyi. Atiku flew 1400 kilometres from Yola to attend. Obi is attending. One thing should be incorrect someplace if Tinubu doesn’t attend! Why is Tinubu working away from speaking to Nigerians?”