#1 The Political Gladiators
There was a gathering of political heavyweights. Ex-governors Donald Duke, Liyel Imoke, Babatunde Fashola, Godswill Akpabio and present governors of Bauchi, Plateau, Sokoto and representatives of Bayelsa and Rivers State governors were also present.
The IGP was present in a dashing suit! The Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives were represented.
#2 Praise Singing Session
The montage featured the achievements of various lawyers in public office but later turned into a praise singing session with such mundane things as an ex-governor sharing laptops for teachers. Another funny one was attracting a TV station in the state. Well the person was Liyel Imoke and his intellectualism when he spoke cast doubts on whether he approved of such praise singing.
#3 Akpabio deserves Honourable Mention
Akpabio was very comical as he took his praise singing to another level. Amongst other things was his remark that his greatest achievement was taking Nigerians back to God through organising the biggest praise concert that featured the highest number of choristers. That achievement he said is in the Guinness Book of Records, as he grinned from molar to molar. He concluded with his famous appellation of being the “uncommon transformer” to the applause of his fans.
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#4 Is the Bar Pro-PDP?
Amaechi was nearly chased out of one of the sessions on Day 4. The representative of Wike slammed the NBA for doing nothing when the courts were shut down in Rivers State to a thunderous applause. The assertion of the Bauchi State governor that only the APC manifesto will save Nigeria was greeted with strong murmurs of disapproval. Despite the fact that Buhari was warmly received, it seems the Bar is Pro-PDP!
#5 Temporary Insanity
The IGP of police came in a dashing suit with a retinue of other officers. His remarks that policemen suffer from temporary insanity due to long hours under the sun drew instant laughter from all present. Then he asked lawyers to stop sending petitions on civil matters to the police since civil issues were not within the powers of the Police to handle.
#6 I Miss Lagos
Being away from Lagos is making me sick. Abuja has been cold and wet. The rains are coming everyday and the exposure to unregulated air conditioning system did their havoc. I had a cold and it affected my work. Reports are rolling in late despite the help of my good friends Salman Dako and Mojisola George.
There were many reunion meetings going on around the AGC grounds. Many were publicised with formal notices while some were co-ordinated through calls and texts. Former classmates from various universities and the Law School were seen fraternising at various spots.
#8 Meeting Friends and Former Classmates
Yea, that was the spice. My ex-classmates both in the Law School and University were present and we met and shared a blissful reunion. Many of my fans met me too and it was great time shared together. Met a lot of people folks. “Is love in the air?” Who asked that? Just mind yourself. I am here to work!
#9 We couldn’t stop dancing!
Yea. Joe Gadzama SAN was doing his thing. Decked in a dashing Fez cap, guy man Joe showed the musician and lawyers around some love as he danced freely and soaked in the fun.
2nd Vice-President Taiwo Taiwo and Secretary-General Mazi Afam were caught trying to steal the NBA President’s position of SGB (Senior Groover of the Bar). Mr. Taiwo’s dance had both Eko and Tiger swag! If you doubt, it look at the pictures.
#10 Our Unity Makes Us Thick
Mazi Afam Osigwe did his own thing, we did some Igbo jigs together without fears of “perishing in the Lagoon” to some correct Yoruba beats.
NBA is really a uniting body. We were all Nigerian lawyers united in brother/sisterhood. I love NBA.
I love being a lawyer. You would do same if you see the way we danced and dined together as one.
#11 Lagos Party!
I missed my branch party. Very sad missing the Premier Bar’s bash! My health and time were severe constraints. I also missed the pool party. My friend Ngozi Onwuka availed me updates at the party via calls and I heard it went well. Heard the Rivers Bar had theirs at the same venue.
Sorry this report is coming two days late. My health deteriorated and the very bad network has not helped matters. I thank my good friends and Assistants Salman Dako and Mojisola George who helped with the publication of this post despite the problems.
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“Chai, I don remember say I miss lunch because the food finish before I reach there”. Bought food in the stands and it was pretty expensive. N1, 000 per plate. The sellers said they paid N100, 000. 00 before they were allowed to do business at the AGC.
Exhibition stands at the ICC were said to cost as high as N250, 000. 00. Hawkers were also made to pay heavily and this caused a spike in fees. Many Exhibition stands were shared by 2 or more sellers to save cost.
It ends here. I mean the final ending as I have remembered everything I forgot.