Press Freedom: Unity Bar Leaders Bar BarristerNG for giving Bwari Branch “Publicity”
The Leaders of Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Abuja Branch has bared barristerNG publisher from its platform for giving Bwari Branch “Publicity” within the FCT.
The Branch Secretary, Chidi Ezenwafor Esq removed the publisher of the Law and Politics blog, Bridget Edokwe Esq, from all the social media platform of the branch on Tuesday 17th September for publishing a Speech of Bwari Branch Chairman, Chukwuemeka Clement Esq presented during the Opening of Legal Year ceremony of the Federal High Court.
The Secretary told a close associate that he acted on the orders of the Unity Bar Chairman, Abimbola Kayode Esq who reportedly complained that the “publicity” the News blog is giving to Bwari Branch is at the detriment of the Unity Bar in the FCT.
Another factional leader of the Branch, Folarin Aluko Esq had earlier removed the News Blog publisher from some Branch social media platforms whose admins are loyal to him for not addressing him as “Chairman of Unity Bar” and publishing his press statements in that right. The factional leader had during the police harassment of a young lawyer sought to be published as the “Chairman of Unity Bar” via a press statement, not withstanding the fact that neither the NBA NEC, nor NBA AGM recognize him as such and refusal by the publisher to accede to his demands earned her removal from Bar Social media platform.
The actions of the Branch Leaders has raise the issue of whether leaders of lawyers truly believe in freedom of information and free press in an information age.
The News blog publisher, Bridget Edokwe Esq, has nevertheless restated her resolve not to be involved in subtle battle between the NBA Branches or within any NBA Branch in FCT and no intimidation, harassment, or blackmail will detract her from that resolve.