Yakubu Maikyau, SAN, the new president of the Nigerian Bar Association, was sworn in on Friday to succeed Mr. Olumide Akpata as head of the organization. Maikyau, who was sworn in as the 31st President of the NBA, prevailed in an online poll of legal professionals earlier in July with 38,000 votes.
After the 62nd Annual General Conference of the association, he was sworn in.
Maikyau was extremely appreciative of God for bringing him this far at the swearing-in event, which marked the conclusion of the 62nd Annual General Conference of the association and was held at the Eko Hotel & Suites. The outgoing Akpata administration was praised by the new President for the enormous advancements the NBA saw during the previous two years.
He pledged to build on the admirable accomplishments and initiatives of the Akpata government in addition to maintaining them. In addition, Maikyau acknowledged his supporters, including his campaign team, friends, and coworkers at YC Maikyau & Co. Maikyau promised to make service to the cause of justice a cornerstone of his administration in his inaugural speech.
He also challenged the Federal Government to commit to safeguarding people’s lives and property across the nation. The recent wave of banditry, kidnapping, killings, and cattle rustling that has plagued the nation was denounced by the new NBA President. He claimed that “the state of Nigeria is going through a dangerous phase. There is the issue of insecurity, and everything seems so hopeless.
Akpata asked the organization to speak up in support of the judiciary, saying that the NBA should be ready to do so in cases when judges could not do so on their own due to the position they hold.
Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem, the president of the Court of Appeal, expressed her excitement for a productive working relationship between the court and the bar while being represented by Justice S. Saidu. She counseled Maikyau, the NBA’s newly elected president, to use his position to improve the nation’s and the judiciary’s public image.