Many of us were pleasantly surprised by the news headlines announcing the proposal by the NBA President to split the Abuja Branch as a lasting solution to the intractable crisis.
Albert Einstein famously said “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.”
Past NBA Administrations have tried to achieve resolution through peace. One administration even tried forcing the parties to achieve peace.
Peace at all costs is no different from war. Clearly all attempts made to achieve peace have been a repetition and regurgitation of the same tired ideas. That is a synonym for insanity. There are already 2 Branches in NBA Abuja that have existed side by side for the past 6 years. Anyone who says otherwise is merely playing the ostrich.
It is therefore good news that an NBA President has finally shown the resolve to take the obvious but tougher path. Thank you NBA President and National Excos for championing the cause of Abuja Branch.
It is quite commendable that this administration of Olumide Akpata has resolved almost all Branch problems inherited from previous administrations. Where negotiation and compromise have consistently failed, there is need for a different approach. After all, Henry Ford said “If you always do what you’ve always done, you always get what you’ve always gotten.”
I conclude with the wisdom of the noble Justice Niki Tobi quoting William O. Douglas, US Supreme Court Justice “Common sense often makes a good law.”
The move by the President Mr. Olumide Akpata is common sense in an uncommon situation. Let members move on to other things.
Francis Obalim, Esq is a lawyer practicing in the FCT, Abuja