HURIWA slams NBA for threatening Comedian Lasisi Elenu

Posted by News Express | 1 July 2020 | 663 times

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•Comedian Lasisi Elenu

 Civil rights advocacy group, the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has warned the national leadership of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) not to stifle creativity and muzzle freedom of speech by threatening the popular Instagram comedian, Lasisi Elenu, not to make jest of their esteemed profession in his creative enterprise of entertainment.

The right group wondered why a law-focused forum like the NBA would attempt to throw her weight around recklessly in a bid to unduly and extra-legally stifle and actively undermine the exercise of the constitutionally guaranteed freedoms of Citizen Lasisi Elenu.

The organised body of lawyers, HURIWA said, ought to busy itself in fighting “to upturn the growing rate of professional indiscipline amongst her ranks and to speak out in defense of constitutional democracy and the separation of powers under the constitution which have come under considerable attacks by the tyrannical executive arm of government headed by the erstwhile military despot Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd).”

The rights group said the threat to deal with the Comedian as made by the NBA was misplaced, reckless and unwarranted.

“Where has the hierarchy of the association gone to all this while as the national security deteriorates at the speed of lightning since 2015 and the rule of brute force is systematically replacing the rule of law under an executive arm of government that has crippled the judiciary and legislative independence?

“Why is the NBA afraid of condemning the atrocities of mass killings going on under the current administration but has suddenly woken up from miserable slumber to threaten a creative and productive individual struggling to make a decent living for himself using his innate talents?”

HURIWA has also asked the NBA why it is in an adventure of misusing her overwhelming national influence in a wrong way to attack a hard working Nigerian youth who has decided to use his God-given talents to entertain his clients all over the world.

“Is NBA not even aware that there are fake lawyers messing up their esteemed profession and it has not gone after them but has joyfully embarked on this illegal and futile effort to curtail the enjoyment of the constitutional freedoms enshrined in the chapter four of the 1999 constitution and are these lawyers unaware of a cardinal principle and guideline on the right to a fair trial and legal assistance formulated by the African Union?

“Is the NBA unaware of the provisions of the constitution of Nigeria in Sections 39 (1) of the 1999 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which states that ‘everyone shall be entitled to freedom of expression including freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart ideas and information without interference’ and that ‘every person shall be entitled to assemble freely and associate with other persons, and in particular he may form or belong to any political party, trade union or any other association for protection of his interests’?”

HURIWA recalled that the NBA had cautioned popular Instagram comedian, Lasisi Elenu, to stop bringing the noble image of the profession to disrepute through his comedy skits.

HURIWA disclosed that the Assistant National Publicity Secretary, Habeeb Lawal, Monday called out the comedian on Twitter, for making lawyers look ridiculous in his creative work.

Lawal wrote: “Dear @lasisielenu, We’ve been tagged! We beg to use you as a point of reference to all other comedians. Lawyers have an awesome sense of humour, as such we enjoy your jokes & appreciate the creativity. However, if you must represent our profession in your works… Kindly ensure you properly adorn the wig, bip & gown.

“We acknowledge your right of expression, but NOTE that we also reserve the rights to take all NECESSARY steps to guide against the ridicule of our noble profession and @NigBarAssoc shall not hesitate to exercise those rights.

“HURIWA thinks however that the NBA is simply dancing naked in the market square shamelessly by trying to intimidate, harass or cajole the young comedian, Citizen Lasisi Elenu, instead of the lawyers body to properly contribute to the national conversations on how to rescue the country from the strangled hold of political oppressors and opportunistic politicians destroying Nigeris through arbitrary attitudes and wanton corruption.”




Source: News Express

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