Lawyers pay tribute to late NBA President Dr Shekarau – the Sun Nigeria


From Godwin Tsa, Abuja

Members of the legal community gathered in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) paid heartfelt tribute to the former chairman of the Abuja chapter of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA Unity Bar), Dr Hauwa Shekarau, describing her as a human rights activist. with impeccable legal practice and the epitome of discipline and hard work.

Hauwa was a distinguished alumnus of Chevening, a gender equality advocate, human rights activist, professional mediator and conciliator.

She was also a lawyer with over 25 years of post-appeal experience in women’s and children’s rights policy and advocacy, conflict resolution, social research, sexual and reproductive health and rights.

A graduate of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria served as the National President of the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA Nigeria) between 2012 and 2015, where she was responsible for leading the professional organization which has branches of state spread throughout the Nigeria.

FIDA is a non-profit organization of women lawyers committed to the promotion, protection and preservation of the rights of women and children, through the provision of pro bono legal services.

She has served on the board of directors of several NGOs, including ActionAid International Nigeria and Nigeria Women Trust Fund. She has also served on the boards of several other NGOs, including the League for Human Rights, El-Shaddai Widows Outreach. She was a pioneer participant in the British Council funded InterAction Leadership Program in 2005 and the US State Department / Fortune 500 Funded Women Leaders International Mentorship Program in 2006 and was a Vital Voices Fellow.

At a hearing held in his honor at the CTF High Court State Tribunal, lawyers took turns paying tribute to the late president of the Unity Bar.

Federation Attorney General and Minister of Justice (AGF) Abubakar Malami (SAN) described her as a seasoned lawyer with impeccable legal practice.

AGF, which was represented at the ceremony by Dr Frank-Chukwuani, added that she was a staunch human rights activist and gender equality activist who fought tirelessly for them. women and children.

In her speech, NBA President Olumide Akpata said Hauwa will be remembered for the good she has done and “her commitment to justice and the protection of women, the weak and vulnerable. of the society”.

The NBA president was represented by Mr. Afam Osuigwe (SAN), who read his speech during the moving court hearing.

It was the turn of Chioma Onyenucheya-Uko, vice president of the NBA Abuja branch, who described Hauwa as the best kind of lawyer, “an eloquent lawyer who embodied and personified the best ideas of the legal profession.

“She was the epitome of discipline, industry, etiquette, genius and versatility.”

The Benchers Corps was represented at the event by Ikechukwu Ezechukwu (SAN).

At the same time, a statement by Abuja Unity Bar Advertising Secretary Ikemefuna Onyenka said that representatives of IFAD and the acting chief justice of the CTF High Court Abuja Judge Hussein Baba -Yusuf were also present.

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