Chief Justice Willy Mutunga will travel to Abuja, Nigeria, next week to give a keynote address and attend a number of bilateral meetings focusing on leadership and nation building.
The conference, themed “Lawyers and National Development”, brings together over 100,000 participants who include NBA members and actors in the justice sector in Nigeria.
The CJ will give the keynote address during the official opening of the conference in the presence of Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari. Dr Mutunga will also meet Nigeria’s Vice-President, Mr Yemi Osinbajo.
“We have shared with our Presidency some of the reforms introduced by Chief Justice Willy Mutunga. We think it is important that the highest level of our government fully appreciates what is possible with the right appointment,” said Olawale Fapohunda, senior attorney of the NBA, who is leading the organisation of the event.
His address will be broadcast live on DSTV, Nigerian Television Authority – NTA, African Independent Television – AIT, Channel TV and other social media networks.
He will hold meetings with participating CJs of African countries and meet the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Mr Mahmoud Mohammed, and other justices of the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal.
The CJ will also meet with senior private and public sector lawyers and international development agencies working on law and justice issues, at a dinner hosted by the Kenyan High Commissioner.
The NBA is an umbrella professional association of all lawyers admitted to the Bar in Nigeria. It is engaged in the promotion and protection of human rights, the rule of law and good governance in Nigeria.
Dr Mutunga is credited for spearheading wide ranging reforms in Kenya’s Judiciary and the justice sector.