Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has lambasted the state branch of the Nigerian Bar Association NBA of dabbling into politics for issuing politically motivated ultimatums on security in the state.
The governor Addressing a special court session during opening of the 2019/2020 Legal Year of the Rivers State Judiciary in Port Harcourt, said it was unfortunate that the NBA crossed the redline by playing politics with the security situation of the state for threatening to shut down the court due to the kidnap of their member.
He said, “We wish to warn that by descending into the arena of politics with irresponsible ultimatums, threats and utterances, the NBA in Rivers State has crossed the line and become part of the enemy of our people.”
The governor said the NBA in Rivers State failed to defend the state’s courts and the rule of law when they were subjected to undeserved assaults and abuse by the powers that be.
“The NBA kept quiet when they closed down our courts in 2013. It lost its voice and remained indifferent when the homes of judges were brazenly attacked in the dead of night by security agents.”
Suddenly you regained your voice and is threatening to close court over kidnap, in fact that is one prayer God did not answer me, I am waiting for you to close the court and see whether I will not lock it for four years.