The Grand Khadi of the Sharia Court of Appeal, Hon. Grand Khadi Ibrahim Rufai Imam has declared his support for the Nigerian Bar Association Abuja Branch.
The EXCO of the Branch paid a courtesy visit to the Grand Khadi in line with their objective to familiarize with all the head of courts in Nigeria.
The Chairman, Ms. Hauwa Shekarau in addressing the Grand Khadi expressed the Branch’s desire to collaborate with the Sharia Court of Appeal and that the branch will not rest in its oars until that collaboration takes place.
Ms Shekarau also stated that the Federal Capital Territory is over thirty-six years old and the NBA has been in the fore front of advocating for the rule of law. It is however, surprising that the NBA Abuja Branch does not have an office of its own neither does it have a bar center that can be called its own despite being situated in the seat of the Federal Capital Territory.
The Chairman further stated that under her watch the Branch will not rest within the two years tenure as it will commence the building of the Bar Center as the branch has already acquired a piece of land for that purpose. The branch will no longer have the need to rent a space for her meetings.
The Chairman called on the Grand Khadi as a very important stakeholder in the judicial arm of government to grant the branch the needed support to achieve the dream of erecting a bar center that everyone will be proud of.
The Grand Khadi in also addressing the EXCO expressed happiness to see the newly elected officials of the branch in the Sharia Court of Appeal. He also expressed happiness with the content of the EXCO’s visit and is encouraged by what the branch is doing so far.
The Hon. Grand Khadi added that as the newly elected officials, all eyes will be cast on them to see their style of leadership and full running of the administration.
He further stated that the Bar and Bench are two principal vessels and one cannot live without the other but there are some bad experiences that makes one to wonder if the position has changed. It is almost as though the relationship is diminishing and both parties have now become brother hunters.
He also added that the most important thing that impresses him is the intention of the Association to have a second home for the judiciary as a Bar center in the FCT will serve as a second home for any judicial officer.
He assured the Association that the Sharia Court will do its best and will not be left out for the center to take-off without its contribution as the administration firmly supports the branch. Also, he urged the Association to always approach the court if there is ever any issue with the Area Court Judges as the Sharia Court is ready assist in resolving it.
The Directors and other Khadis of the Sharia Court of Appeal also thanked the EXCO for the visit and encouraged them to keep up the good works.
The Secretary of the Branch, Prince Adebiyi Adetosoye in giving the vote of thanks commended the leadership style of the Grand Khadi. He also commended the the Grand Kahdi for the progress of the Sharia Court in respect of the Area Courts Act. He added that the Branch is impressed by the level of training the staff and Khadis of the Sharia Court of Appeal embark on and the NBA Abuja Branch will, in the nearest future partner with the Court for such training.