By John Ikani
Former Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, top lawyers, policymakers, and other stakeholders in the justice sector are billed for the 2021 African Bar Association (AfBA) Annual Conference in Niamey, Niger.
The annual conference will bring together experts and participants in the legal profession, the judiciary, legislature, the executive, the academia, the military and security agencies, as well as the business and policymaking sector.
Disclosing this to newsmen, Vice Chairman (Nigerian Forum AFBA), Mr. Owoicho Adejo-Ogiri, said the conference is scheduled to hold between October 3 and 7, 2021 at the Mahatma Gandhi International Conference Centre.
Adejo-Ogiri said the event will have stakeholders advance discussion on the theme `Accountable Governance as a Panacea for the Unending Conflicts in Africa: The Legal Profession as the Driver’.
According to him, the Keynote Speaker at the conference will be the 2018 Nobel Prize winner from DR Congo, Dr Denis Mukwege.
Other notable Africans listed to attend the conference are Mohammed Bazoum, President of Niger Republic; Mohamadou Issofou, former President of Niger Republic; Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, former President of Liberia; and Ernest Bai Koroma, former President of Sierra-Leone.
He listed more attendees to include Judge Navanethem Pillay, the first woman of colour to be appointed as Judge in South Africa; and 2016 AfBA Conference keynote speaker, Mr Joseph Daudu (SAN); as well as Dr Abdulsamad Rabiu, Founder/Chairman of BUA Group, among others.
Speaking on the expected outcome, he said, “Judging by the very important guests that will grace the occasion, the very interesting topics selected, and seasoned experts to dissect them, it promises to be another memorable productive discourse.”