Anthony Olumide Akpata, new NBA President
Governor Willie Obiano, of Anambra state, has challenged the newly elected President, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Anthony Olumide Akpata, to fight for the oppressed, the marginalized and the neglected in both the legal profession and the larger society.
In a congratulatory message to the new NBA boss signed by the state Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr. C. Don Adinuba, Gov. Obiano expressed confidence that the NBA president would succeed in his new assignment.
Akpata, former chairman of the NBA Section on Business Law, emerged the 30th NBA president on Thursday by winning over 50% of the votes cast last Wednesday and Thursday.
A corporate lawyer, he is the first non-SAN to lead the NBA in recent years.
The statement reads: “Under your leadership the NBA is expected to fight for the oppressed, the marginalized and the neglected in not just the legal oppression. but also in the larger society.
“You won overwhelmingly because of your pledge to work in solidarity with junior lawyers, provide health insurance for all and end all forms of abuse in the work place.
“We have no doubt that you will deliver the goods because, among other critical factors, you have a name to defend.
“Your father, the late Chief Olu Akpata, was not just an early university administrator but also a statesman who made a name for fighting for justice and liberation and equity and equality.”
The statement further said “that all Nigerians expect Mr. Akpata to follow the example of a foremost human rights defender, Mr. Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), ‘a worthy son of Anambra state,’ to make the NBA which is one of the oldest and most influential associations in the country an instrument for social justice.”
Governor Willie Obiano
Gov. Obiano also congratulated all those newly elected into the NBA leadership, “including our dear daughter, Mrs. Joyce Oduah, who is now the secretary, and Mr. Uchenna Nwadialo, the assistant secretary, as well as Nnamdi Anagor, the financial secretary.”
The new executives are to be sworn-in on a date yet to be announced.