Mr Olumide Akpata was on Friday sworn in as the 30th President of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA.
Akpata is the first non-Senior Advocate of Nigeria, to lead the NBA in years, having defeated two SANs in an online election the legal body conducted between July 29 and July 30.
Akpata was sworn in by the immediate past National President of the NBA, Mr Paul Usoro, at exactly 7:05 pm, in a ceremony that held at the National Headquarters of the association in Abuja
Motion for the dissolution of the Usoro-led National Executive Committee of the legal body was moved and okayed at exactly 7:13 pm, just as the new NBA President, performed his first assignment by swearing in other members of his cabinet.
In his maiden address, Akpata said he would spend the next 24 months focusing on holistic reforms in the association, as well as the welfare of lawyers across the federation.
He said his emergence as the new leader of the legal body was “orchestrated by the Almighty who sees the affairs of men”, saying he would ensure a truly all-inclusive Bar that would be devoid of class segregation.
Recalling that he had a near-death experience in the past, Akpata, thanked God for the gift of life.
“God preserved my life for a day like this,” he stated, attributing his election success to massive support he got from young lawyers.