The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), yesterday took a swipe at the statement credited to the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Mr Ibrahim Magu, accusing lawyers in the country of being rogues.
NBA in a press statement signed by its General Secretary, Isiaka Abiola Olagunju, in Abuja called on the Commission to withdraw the statement.
Olagunju criticised Magu for using uncivil language on lawyers who are doing their constitutional duties.
“The inaugural address of the NBA President, Abubakar Mahmoud (SAN) was a statement of nearly 30 pages which sets the vision and direction of his programmes for the Nigerian legal profession.
Olagunju pointed out that Mahmoud had committed himself to leading a brave new Bar fully aligned with the aspirations of Nigerians in their quest for national development which can only be anchored the rule of law built on strong institutions.
In the paragraph of the statement dealing with corruption, the NBA President restated the commitment of the association in the fight against corruption.
He commended the modest achievements of the EFCC but called for the reform of the agency to enhance its capability to deliver on its mandate on a consistent and sustainable basis devoid of political interference.