President Muhammad Buhari on Saturday congratulated newly elected president of the Nigerian Bar Association, Olumide Akpata.
Akpata, 47, emerged as the NBA president election on Friday, polling 9,891 votes to defeat Babatunde Ajibade who had 4,328 votes and Dele Adesina who polled 3,982 votes, in the election.
Congratulating Akpata on his electoral victory in a statement signed by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President On Media and Publicity on Saturday, Buhari wished him every success in the new position of leading Nigerian lawyers to chart a path of professional development and fulfilment.
“I congratulate Olumide Akpata on his election as the President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), a crucial stakeholder in our democracy.
“I wish him every success in the new position, and assure the new leadership of the continued cooperation of our administration”, Buhari said,
He added that he trusted that Mr. Akpata’s vast knowledge and experience in litigation, corporate world and engaging with government at different levels, would greatly benefit the Bar and indeed all Nigerians, who look up to the learned fellows as crucial stakeholders in a modern democracy.”
President Buhari also assured the new leadership of the NBA of the continued cooperation of his administration in addressing the broad range of challenges and opportunities facing the legal profession and the country.