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Dethroned Kano Emir Sanusi criticises NBA for cancelling Governor El-Rufai’s invitation from speaking at 2020 NBA conference

Nasir El-Rufai and Muhammad Sanusi

The dethroned Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, has criticised the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) for cancelling the invitation of Governor Nasir El-Rufai as guest speaker in its 2020 conference.

Sanusi who was received by El-Rufai at the Government House in Kaduna cautioned the NBA not to let controversy to take a religious or ethnic dimension, adding that the decision of the body of lawyers is a sad one for freedom of speech.

“If you have an opinion, people will either agree with you or disagree with you; but a man who has an opinion that can be agreed with or disagreed with is always better than a man who has no opinion at all.

“Nasir always has opinions. He says that position very clearly. Some people will like it, some people will not like it, and that is what some people call being controversial; it is actually having an opinion.

“I spoke with Konwe Ajayi, who is the Chairman of the Technical Committee, who confirmed to me that he was the one who invited the governor to come and speak at the NBA meeting.

“Withdrawing the invite does not show us as people who want progress. Because if you disagree with someone, having him in your hall where you can tell him your views is important and he can defend himself.”

Speaking also during the visit, El-Rufai said; “we hope that by this visit, he will be briefed on the activities of the investment agency and also interact with all the agencies that are working to attract investments to Kaduna State,” El-Rufai said.

El-Rufai had following Sanusi’s dethronement appointed him as the Vice-Chairman of the Kaduna State Investment Agency.

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