By Bashir Rabe Mani
Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has tasked African lawyers to ensure people of the continent are brought together to ensure integration, unity and rapid development.
He spoke when he received members of the African Bar Association (ABA) who were in Sokoto for their executive committee meeting
Tambuwal said one of the best ways for the continent to reap the benefits of globalisation was collaboration by member states which would further unite its people.
“I urge you to use the platform of the African Bar Association to foster unity and integration in Africa, promote good governance and sustenance of human rights of our citizens.
“Africans can gain a lot if they trade and interact closely among themselves. As a people, we should try to be more of our brothers’ keepers, and work more closely now than ever before.
“This association has lofty ideals which if properly harnessed, will provide a roadmap for others to follow in the development of Africa,” the governor said.
In his remarks, the president of the association, Hannibal E. Uwaifo, said it had done a lot in the promotion of the rule of law and human rights
He added that the association would strive to ensure that Africa is free from hunger and disease, using the instrumentality of the law.
He said: “ African governments must do more to harness the natural resources available on the continent, and should give agriculture the priority attention it deserves.
“ A lot has changed in Nigeria in the recent past,’’ he said.
Uwaifo hailed the Federal Government for giving visas to members of the association on their arrival in the country for the meeting.
He said this situation would boost inflow of persons into the country.
Uwaifo also commended Tambuwal and the Sokoto State Government for giving priority attention to the most pressing needs of the populace.
He said the executive committee was a prelude to its annual conference which would hold in Port Harcourt next year.