LNBA’s Expulsion of Cllr. Nwabudike

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By George Lomax

Matters Arising

The spuriousness in the argument proffered by the LNBA is so glaring and its inherent politics so unambiguously partisan.

The LNBA’s investigation started in the media with a press conference long before Cllr. Nwabudike was notified of an attempt to investigate his citizenship. It also ended in the media with a press conference without the benefit of LNBA communicating its finding to Cllr. Nwabudike. The LNBA’s only letter to Cllr. Nwabudike of April 4, 2020, invited him to appear before the Bar’s Grievance and Ethics Committee and prove himself innocent of the allegation of his failure to satisfactorily prove his Citizenship to the Honorable Senators during his confirmation hearing for the chairmanship of NEC. So the Bar has found Cllr. Nwabudike guilty from the outset and then invited him to prove himself innocent!!

Let it be clear from the outset about whom the LNBA personalities are. Cllr Tiawon Gongloe (President of the LNBA) is the lead lawyer for the council of patriots (CoP) and by extension the CPP (the most vociferous and violent opposition grouping to the government of President George Manneh Weah; and Bobby Livingston (secretary General of the LNBA) is lawyer for Alternative National Congress (ANC/CPP). This is the political block that publicly vowed to thwart the confirmation of Cllr Nwabudike as Chairman of the NEC. Bobby Livingstone is the man whose name has enter the lexicon of Liberia’s Cliché because of his infamous role in the falsification of elections results during the Chairmanship of James Fromoyan at NEC. So besides their positions as President and Secretary General of the LNBA, both Cllrs Gongloe and Livingston have vested political interest in damaging Cllr. Nwabudike and presenting the decision of the government to nominate him as ill advised.

President Weah did not make Cllr Nwabudike a Citizen of Liberia; he did not make him a Lawyer; and he certainly did not make him a member or official of the LNBA. President Weah appointed Cllr. Nwabudike to position in Government, as he would any other patriotic Liberian, because the Supreme Court has already vetted and pronounce him a Citizen of Liberia and qualified him as counsellor of the Supreme Court bar.  To expect President Weah to dismiss Cllr. Nwabudike because some individuals who are clearly politically motivated believe that he has not convinced senators of his citizenship, is not only to request the President to violate the judgment of the Honorable Supreme Court of Liberia, but it would amount to asking the president to violate the fundamental right of a Liberian Citizen.

If the LNBA believes that it has uncovered fraud in the citizenship application of Cllr. Nwabudike and can prove same in a court of law, the appropriate procedure would be to pray for indictment, convict Cllr. Nwabudike of fraud, and submit record of such conviction to the Court and pray the Court to strip him of his rights, both as a citizen and as a lawyer.

The Bar’s expulsion of Cllr Nwabudike is premised upon the fact that he is not a citizen of Liberia. But can the Bar make declaration on who is and is not a Citizen of Liberia? In a recent Supreme Court’s Opinion involving Teage Jalloh (2019), the Honorable Supreme held that “only the court of law can pass on the question of citizenship”. Accordingly, the LNBA lacks the standing and jurisdiction to investigate and pass on a question of citizenship. The Bar’s argument that Cllr. Nwabudike’s claim to citizenship is fraudulent lacks any factual basis because the LNBA failed woefully to state what specific action of Cllr. Nwabudike constitutes the fraud.  Under the statute of fraud in this jurisdiction, one who alleges fraud cannot at one and the same time be the judge and the jury; allegation of fraud must be tried by a jury selected by the parties, not by one of the parties; and the State must prove its case beyond all doubts of a prudent mind.

The only evident proffered by the bar to claim that Cllr. Nwabudike is not a citizen and that he has committed the crime of fraud is a non-discovery clerk certificate indicating that at the time of issuance of the certificate, copies of his naturalization records was no found in court B. Let it be clear that, like a land deed, citizen certificate is issued in one original copy only, there is no duplicate copy of a citizenship certificate. If the original is lost, it is lost, period. The only record that will be available in Criminal Court B is a file containing the photo copy of the certificate, and a copy of the declaration of intent. Alternatively, the court may have a register in which names of persons who are naturalized is recorded in the same order as they are admitted to citizenship. It is also a matter of law that the role of the Immigration and Naturalization services in the question of citizenship and naturalization, is limited to enforcement. There is no provision of the law that requires the LIS to store a data base of naturalized citizens. Though our Alien and nationality law provides that the Attorney general may request the immigration to investigate applicants for naturalization prior to them being admitted to citizenship, this responsibility has traditionally been carried out by the National Security Agency. So, the Immigration can only have the record of an individual’s naturalization only if Court B provides them such record. If Cllr Nwabudike’s record of citizenship is not found in Court B, and at the immigration, it is one and the same thing. It is not in Court B because the court lost all of its records during the War or there before, and it is not at the immigration because the court fail to send copies there.

Cllr Nwabudike is a victim of a system which is notorious for not keeping records. The traumatic event in our national history since 1980 simply exacerbated a chronic system of poor record keeping. How many Liberians can honestly standout and say that since the event of the 1980 and out civil war, they have all their personal records intact? Even those who maintain first home in America can tell you that records issued during the Tubman era has now degenerated into tatters or only exist in microfilm. So if detailed records does not exist in the Courts for the period of the 70s, 80s, and 90s, it will not be because the judiciary is incompetent, rather it will be that the Judiciary, like all of our other institutions, is a victim of our troubled past.

If the Bar alleged that Cllr Nwabudike fraudulently obtained membership of the Bar, the key question will be what was the act of fraud and at what time was the fraud perpetrated? Was it when he was admitted to the law school? Was it when he graduated with honors from the law school? Was it when he was examined by the circuit Court, found wordy and admitted to the Montserrado bar? Or was it when he was examined by two separate eminent committees of the Supreme Court and found to be the best student of his class, both in the written examination and in the moral ethical evaluation, and subsequent admitted as a counsellor-at-law of the Honorable Supreme Court of Liberia? Or was it when he was appointed as secretary general of the LNBA, a position in which he served for a period of three consecutive years? So where is the fraud? Over the past two decades, Cllr. Nwabudike served the Bar both as an Officer and as a member of the executive council. He diligently paid his bar dues and is in good standing. So if any fraud was perpetrated, the Bar itself would have been a willing participant in the act, and by the operation of the law, the LNBA lacks the standing to accuse Cllr Nwabudike of fraud, after the LNBA has massively and unmitigatedly benefited from his knowledge and skill over the years.

I write this with a deep sense of emotion because I know this man personally. During the war, I was one of those he help to get on one of those Nigerian Military aircrafts that came here to evacuate Nigerians and Liberians? He refuse to run himself, but he help so many of us who had no passport, no citizenship certificate, no birth certificate and practically nothing but the close on our back to escape the mayhem which our natural born compatriots were unleashing upon us. In Nigeria, I, like most Liberians who wanted to go to school, were able to go to University on 100% scholarship on Grace Allele Williams’s program. (Grace Allele William was them the Vice Chancellor of University of Benin, and her special presidential committee recommended to the government of Nigeria to waive the tedious and very competitive Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) examination program for Liberian students and offer them full scholarship in all Nigerian Universities. I completed my Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Lagos (UNILAG) in Nigeria and migrated to the United States where I completed a Graduate degree program and currently on Green Card and hopefully will be American Citizen someday soon. I know that before the war, as a class room teacher, Cllr. Nwabudike helped to shape the destiny of many Liberian children most of whom are in public service today. In the 54th Legislature alone, three members of the House are his former students. Hon. Representative Hanson Kiazulu of District 17 Monteserrado County can attest to this. In the Senate, three of his class mates are there. Hon. Senator Stephen Zago, Hon. Morris Saytoma, and Hon. Augustine Chie can attest to this. And his Professor, eminent Hon. Varney Sherman under whom he made two A’s, can attest that this man is not a cheat and that he made those grads honorably. Any student who sat in Cllr. Sherman’s class will tell you that it is easier for the head of Carmel to pass through the eyes of needle than to make an A in Cllr Varney G. Sharman’s class. If this man was a fraud as Gongloe would want you to believe, his class mates, his professor and the Supreme Court Board of examiners would tell you that this man was a fraud. That the excellent grades he made was obtained by deception, by bribing his professor, or by some other unorthodox mean.

Cllr. Nwabudike worked for about twelve years with the United Nations and as a Liberian. During this period he served as the national focal point of UNMIL to various strategic national institutions, including: office of the legal Adviser to the President of Liberia, the LNBA, the LRC, the Legislature, the LACC, the MoJ, and at some point, the Judiciary. During the period, he wrote proposals to source funding both within and without the UN to support the post war positioning and repositioning of these institutions. He establish and single handedly presented the most popular rule of law program (Community Court) on the UNMIL Radio for ten years. So, Cllr. Nwabudike has, by far, contributed to the post war reconstruction of our rule of law architecture and infrastructure than any individual member of the LNBA.

Quite frankly, why would this man steal Liberian citizenship? What rights or privileges does being a Liberian confers on him that he don’t already have as a Nigerian from a very humble home? When people love our country and wishes to be part of this great land of Liberty, we must appreciate the sacrifices they make. Our country is great, it is sweet, it is free, but most of us spend a life time working towards an opportunity to run away from here and obtain American green card and citizenship. It is our status symbol. It is a sign that we have arrived.

Recently though, since our civil war, a good number of Liberians are beginning to find a first home in some of the ECOWAS countries. And make no mistake about it, they are several Liberian who are now happily entrench in these ECOWAS countries and are making meaningful contribution to the growth and development of these countries. So, how would our country be seen and judge if we, as Liberians, suddenly jettison a man who has spent forty years of best period of his life living and working towards the good of our county. A man without any negative blemish or criminal record. A man whose only desire is to be a patriotic Liberia. What have those who are waiving the banner of patriotism offer to this country that Cllr Nwabudike has not? It is that either they have brought war and mayhem on our people, or that they have use their education, wisdom and skill to exploit pillage and plunder the wealth of our nation, to feed their families somewhere in Europe of America.

This is the time for lawyers with conscience and integrity to stand up and say enough is enough to Tiawon Gongloe and Bobby Livingston. They cannot allow these clowns to turn the Bar into an opposition political surrogate. Gongloe’s sister is contesting the 2020 senatorial election in Nimba County on the ticket of CPP, though she claims to be independent. Tiawon Gongloe himself has approached the Liberty Party to prop him up as possible vice Presidential candidate on the ticket of CPP in the 2023 presidential elections.

Gongloe also alleged that there is conflict in Cllr. Nwabudke’s date of birth, but nothing was proffered to suggest the reality. For instance the document alleged to be his marriage certificate does not contain the signature of any body. It is strange that a certificate which is supposed to certify marriage does not contain the signature of anybody. Not the officiating Priest, and not the wedding party. It has now been establish that the document was manipulated to fit a certain narrative. The picture of Counsellor Nwabudike on the document was taken from his application for Liberian Passport in 1989. It should be noted that the passport was issued and his date of birth on the passport is 1963, but Cllr. Gongloe will not say this because the LNBA never really conducted any investigation, and to say that will defeat the narrative that is being wholesaled to our gullible public. The picture of the female on the document is the picture of the younger sister of his ex-wife taken from her face book page. His National ID Card which carries 1969 has been confirmed as error because the source document for the ID card which was scanned and remained in NIR’s data base is his international passport which carries 1963 as date of birth. In tabulating data mistakes can be made, and when it is made it should be accepted in good faith as mistake, unless evidence can show any motives beyond the ordinary.  For instance, what pecuniary benefit accrued to Cllr Nwabudike by him increasing his age from 1969, to 1965, to 1963, and to 1960? If they are no benefits, then that argument is inconsequential and Gongloe ought not to have raised and duel on that. And for the Senators, that also ought not to be any issue because when Aloysius Tallue, the Central Bank Governor, appear for confirmation, his date of birth and his employment records all appear to be in conflict with one and another, but the Honorable Legislature understood that as human error. The persistent allegation that Senator Dillon lied when he claimed that he graduated from Wellhirston High School in Monrovia, and that Speaker Chambers holds a credible Doctorate Degree, were taken with a pinch of salt, so why is error in date of birth such an issue, especially given that the error was not made or orchestrated by him.  Of Course Cllr. Nwabudike whose parents are from a different background and aspires to be one of us must be judged based on high scale and standards. It happened to president Barrack Obama, when he became the President of United States. What most other past presidents of United States would get away with will become a death trap for him because, his father came from Africa.

But this is Liberia, we are Africans, whether we like it or not, Liberia has served Africa, and Africa, particularly ECOWAS, has served us well. If we embark upon a pilgrimage to destroy one of us, let the reason not be politics, because the ban and woe of our country is inherently rooted in politics. That is why unemployed young men and women would beg for arms and use the proceeds to purchase units only to call on radio talk shows to insult their parents and government in the name of freedom of expression. It became difficult to determine who the politician is and who is not.

It is very critical that we must be introspective and visceral on how we relate to others in our country, because other countries would use the same scale to judge our people in their country. How do you think Americans would judge us as Liberians in their country after they see how we treat people in our country, particularly, how we treat ECOWAS nationals, given the sacrifice ECOWAS made to keep the flag of our country, the Lone Star, flying?

The Author:
George Lomax is a Liberian Development Economist resident in Trenton, New Jersey, USA.

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11 COMMENTS

  1. Mr. George Lomax! What is your point of argument in this fraudulent situation about someone that lied under oath to become what he is and benefited from Liberia entitlement because he lied? He gained membership to everything Liberians are entitled because he was able to fool and mislead the leadership of Liberia at that time. Now that he has been caught, should the wrong remained and expect him to go scotfree? That’s what exactly a good leadership will do. Change the wrong to right.
    Even you now in the U.S, let America notice that, you lied to gained residence status and see what will become of your stayed in the U. S. If you are one of those questioning senator Dillion high school criteria or credentials, then proved your case to the Liberian people. Stop this “hear say” and “they say”. So what do you think honestly, should become of Mr. Nwabudike situation, considering what you heard from his testimony before the Liberian senate? Let’s have some honest discussion.

    • Joseph Akoi, George Lomax is right. You are wrong. You are a layman and this is why you are reasoning in such laymanś fashion. Mr. Akoi, do not get carried away by that obvious politics and bad faith modus vivendi political process you saw during the nomination/confirmation mechanism!!! What you witness during that hearing were simply the outcome of bad faith, politics, and xenophobia!

      Seasoned jurists are aware of errors in whatever documentations, and that is why such errors or even deliberate acts therein are by courts and judges, GENERALLY or USUALLY OVERRIDDEN based on the legal principles and dictates of FAIRNESS, RELEVANCE, CONTRA LEGEM, FORCE MAJEURE, SUBSTANTIAL PERFORMANCE, ETC. ETC.!

      At confirmation hearings senators, (whether in Washington or elsewhere) are for political desires partial and at most times, act in bad faith, and of course, have no thought about justice or fairness.

      But at the courts, not to talk about A Supreme Court whose modus vivendi or modus operandi is based on justice and fairness; of course, even deliberate acts or errors (especially in immigration), are, or may be, considered irrelevant!

      Hence, such occurrences are GENERALLY or USUALLY OVERRIDDEN by the legal principles and dictates of FAIRNESS, RELEVANCE, CONTRA LEGEM, FORCE MAJEURE, SUBSTANTIAL PERFORMANCE, ETC. ETC.!

      Accordingly, while laymen and political enemies may try to use such irrelevant or not uncommon “things” as added names, exact date of birth, etc.etc. what matters to an institution or professionals operating on justice and fairness (eg, courts, judges) is (as in this matter) whether the individual is a bona fide citizen as required and authorized by the law!!

      And this is what the Supreme Court saw! Which is that in accordance with the Aliens and Nationality law AUTOMATIC NATURALIZATION 20.1 (ii &iii), the Cllr. Nwabudike, a fellow negro is a bona fide Liberian under the statutory laws and the Constitution of the Republic of Liberia; despite whoever inability or deliberate bad faith to DIFFERENTIATE BETWEEN AUTOMATIC NATURALIZATION 20.1 (ii &iii) AND NATURALIZATION BY PETITION (21.3 (2) of the Aliens and Nationality Act of the Republic of Liberia.

  2. Now we can see why Tiawen Gongloe and his cohorts at the LNBA lacking the acumen to differentiate between AUTOMATIC NATURALIZATION – Article 20. 1, A, B (ii & iii) of the Aliens and Nationality Law of Liberia, and PETITION FOR NATURALIZATION – Article 21.2 viz age requirement of 21 years of age have been or are displaying all this insanity and mob mentality!

    My God, how on earth can:

    (1) people claiming to have knowledge of law NOT BE ABLE TO DIFFERENTIATE BETWEEN AUTOMATIC NATURALIZATION AND NATURALIZATION BY PETITION ? When:

    1. Nwabudike (or whichever negro or of negro descent) in accordance with article 20.1 of the Aliens and Nationality Act of Liberia, Cllr. Nwabudike (or any negro or of negro descent in such capacity as Nwabudike) qualifies as a bona fide Liberian citizen as far as the legal and constitutional maxims of fairness, relevance, and substantial performance, which is that,

    2. Cllr. Nwabudike is a Negro born outside Liberia whose father was a citizen of Liberia at the time of the birth of him Nwabudike, and his Nwabudikeś father had resided in Liberia prior to the birth of the very Nwabudike, and he Nwabudike resided in Liberia before attaining his
    majority or before attaining the age of 23 (Article 20.1 of the Aliens and Nationality Act of Liberia)!!!

    Aliens and Nationality Law of Liberia
    P A R T III
    Nationality And Naturalization
    Chapter 20.
    NATIONALITY AT BIRTH
    § 20.1. Citizens of Liberia at birth.
    The following shall be citizens of Liberia at birth:
    (a) A person who is a Negro, or of Negro descent, born in Liberia
    and subject to the jurisdiction thereof;

    (b) A person born outside Liberia whose father (i) was born a citizen of
    Liberia; (ii) was a citizen of Liberia at the time of the birth of such child (AUTOMATIC NATURALIZATION), and
    (iii) had resided in Liberia prior to the birth of such child (AUTOMATIC NATURALIZATION).

    ALIENS AND NATIONALITY LAW 21 .3 (2)
    2. Age requirement.
    No person shall file a petition for naturalization unless he shall
    have attained the age of twenty-one years.

    It is this where 21.3 (2), driven by silly politics, personal vendetta, hatred, xenophobia and a mindset ligated to racism, most of our so called lawyers fell flat on their stomach as they could not DIFFERENTIATE BETWEEN AUTOMATIC NATURALIZATION 20.1 (ii &iii) AND NATURALIZATION BY PETITION (21.3 (2) of the Aliens and Nationality Act of the Republic of Liberia.

  3. One legal maxim is that a person ought not to be judge in his own cause, because he cannot be both as judge and party, But this is (UNLIKE WITHIN THE SUPREME COURT) what happens in the Senate during a case of confirmation hearings where the very senators are both judges and a party!!!

    And of course in a case where the so called natural born citizens (and generally opposition politicians) are judges and a party to a case involving a naturalized citizen nominated for such post as NECŚ HEAD, XENOPHOBIA is absolutely an understatement to describe the mood of such people serving as both judges and party at the same time.

    This is why people like opposition senator Varney Sherman, Milton Teahjay, or the high school drop-out Abraham Dillon did not think about AUTOMATIC NATURALIZATION 20.1 (ii &iii of the Aliens and Nationality Law of Liberia, BUT HAPPILY JUMPED TO CONCLUSION that the nominee (Nwabudike), a naturalized citizen is not a Liberian citizen based on NATURALIZATION BY PETITION (21.3 (2) of the Aliens and Nationality Act which requires the age of 21 or 23.

    In reality, Nwabudike a naturalized citizen facing natural born citizens who are both judges and his Nwabudikeś opponent was in a position as a pile of corn under the judgment of chickens.

    At the confirmation hearings, Nwabudike was simply rejected unfairly, unjustly, and illegally. And with the obvious personal vendetta, and hidden political agenda combined with the already idiocy, and ignorance, on the part of the so called LNBA, they too galloped in unfairly, unjustly, and illegally, expelling an innocent but seasoned Liberian lawyer and citizen from the LNBA without due process.

  4. Mr. True Nationalist! Why did Mr. Nwabudike did not seek the automatic path to naturalization in Liberia instead, he choose to lied under oath before the Liberian senate about the situation? The LBNA did exactly what any reasoning body will do in any democratic civil society. The bottom line is, Mr. Nwabudike lied from day one about his credentials and had continue to lied to the people of Liberia, but this time around, he got caught. Why you think Mr. Nwabudike withdrew his appeal that was previously filed to our highest court in Liberia? My guess is, he knew the Supreme Court will uphold the lower court decision. Let have some honest discussions about this sega, despite my layman understanding as claimed surrounding the situation. This man is lucky for still being a free individual in Liberia, working and maintaining a position like nothing ever happened, and only in Liberia such a nonsense can happened.

    • Mr. Joseph Akoi, Cllr Nwabudike DID NOT LIE to the Liberian Senate. If Varney Sherman and the other senators could differentiate between automatic naturalization and naturalization by petition, he or they would have not asked Cllr. Nwabudike such unnecessary and actually silly question about naturalization by petition requiring the age of 21!

      That is because Cllr. Nwabudike is a Negro born outside Liberia whose father was a citizen of Liberia at the time of the birth of Nwabudike had resided in Liberia prior to the birth of Nwabudike (AUTOMATIC NATURALIZATION ARTICLE 20.1 (ii &iii) of the Aliens and Nationality Act of Liberia. On top of that Cllr. Nwabudike resided in Liberia before attaining his
      majority or age of 21 or 23. This last area of age 21 or 23 is not even necessary under the law or constitution.

      Actually, we do not blame most of you for having the wrong perception that Cllr. Nwabudike “lied under oath”. Such wrong perception on your part has naturally emanated from the ignorance of your senators who could not differentiate between automatic naturalization and naturalization by petition. And actually, this is shameful on the part of people claiming to be lawyers and law makers.

      The Liberian Senate asked Cllr. Nwabudike as to whether he is a Liberian citizen. And he Cllr. Nwabudike told them that he is a Liberian citizen.And according to what is or what are authorized under Articles 27 and 28 under the Liberian Constitution, and also required under the Aliens and Nationality Law of Liberia, Nwabudike is a bona fide Liberian citizen.

      What is required is that father Nwabudikeś father was a citizen of Liberia at the time of the birth of Nwabudike, and he Nwabudikeś father resided in Liberia prior to the birth of Nwabudike (AUTOMATIC NATURALIZATION ARTICLE 20.1 (ii &iii) of the Aliens and Nationality Act of Liberia. PERIOD!!!

      As we intimated earlier on or supra on these talks or contentions about date of birth, exact dates, added names etc, seasoned jurists are aware of errors in whatever documentations, and that is why such errors or even deliberate acts therein are by courts and judges, GENERALLY or USUALLY OVERRIDDEN based on the legal principles and dictates of FAIRNESS, RELEVANCE, CONTRA LEGEM, FORCE MAJEURE, SUBSTANTIAL PERFORMANCE, ETC. ETC.!

      And this is what the Supreme Court saw! Which is that such errors are irrelevant and overridden by the fact or jurisprudential dictates that in accordance with the Aliens and Nationality law AUTOMATIC NATURALIZATION 20.1 (ii &iii), the Cllr. Nwabudike, a fellow negro is a bona fide Liberian under the statutory laws and the Constitution of the Republic of Liberia; despite whoever inability or deliberate bad faith to DIFFERENTIATE BETWEEN AUTOMATIC NATURALIZATION 20.1 (ii &iii) AND NATURALIZATION BY PETITION (21.3 (2) of the Aliens and Nationality Act of the Republic of Liberia!

      So, Mr. Akoi, Cllr Nwabudike DID NOT LIE UNDER OATH to the Liberian Senate, NOR DID HE LIE AT ALL. If Varney Sherman and the other senators could differentiate between automatic naturalization and naturalization by petition, he or they would have not asked Cllr. Nwabudike such unnecessary and actually silly question about naturalization by petition requiring the age of 21!

      And to be perfectly honest and fair with most of you, we do not blame most of you for having the wrong perception that Cllr. Nwabudike “lied under oath”. Such wrong perception on your part has naturally emanated from the ignorance, bad politics, xenophobia, etc. of your senators who could not differentiate between automatic naturalization and naturalization by petition. And actually, this is shameful on the part of people claiming to be lawyers and law makers.

      And what inter alia proves this is the chairman of the Senateś Committee concluding with “we have heard enough.” And what was the so called “enough”? The so called “enough” was the ignorance and inability of them not knowing the difference between automatic naturalization , and naturalization by petition.

  5. Mr. True Nationalist, you did not answere my question as to why Mr. Nwabudike did not seek the naturalization automatic path rather the other way around? If you claimed that, Mr. Sherman and others shouldn’t have been asking questions because, they did not know the law, then We should be questioning Mr. Nwabudike status as well as a lawyer.
    There was nothing wrong of Mr. Nwabudike schooling Varney Sherman and others about the automatic clause of naturalization since he, Mr. Nwabudike is also a lawyer. But my guess is, he and Mr. Varney Sherman are sailing the same boat since neither could not differentiate between the automatic claus that gives pathway to naturalization in Liberia. Let have some honest discussions about our home land.

    • Mr. Joseph Akoi, my apologies for not responding to you earlier. I t is a matter of inadvertence. I just came across that post of yours minutes ago. With regards as to “why Mr. Nwabudike did not seek the naturalization automatic path rather the other way around; let get it straight. Cllr. Nwabudike did “seek the naturalization automatic path rather the other way around”!

      And this is why the Supreme Court handed down a positive decision in his Nwabudikeś case as a bona fide citizen of Liberia. And this was Cllr. Nwabudikeś response and argument to the Senate Committee.

      But because the so called Committee was preoccupied with XENOPHOBIA (because it was about NEC), amid their ignorance not been able to DIFFERENTIATE BETWEEN AUTOMATIC NATURALIZATION 20.1 (ii &iii) AND NATURALIZATION BY PETITION (21.3 (2) of the Aliens and Nationality Act of the Republic of Liberia, they Senate Committee “cut the poor man off”; and said “We have heard enough”!

      So, again Cllr. Nwabudike did “seek the naturalization automatic path rather the other way around”! And this is why the Supreme Court handed down a positive decision in his Nwabudikeś case as a bona fide citizen of Liberia.

    • CORRECTION:
      SHAME ON YOU GUYS (LNBA‚& RELEVANT SENATE COMMITTEE) FOR ALLOWING XENOPHOBIA AND SILLY POLITICS TO PREVENT YOU FROM STUDYING BEFORE SITTING FOR SUCH MECHANISMS OR CARRYING OUT SUCH GROUNDLESSNESS AND LAWLESSNESS!

  6. “The spuriousness in the argument proffered by the LNBA is so glaring and its inherent politics so unambiguously partisan.

    The LNBA’s investigation started in the media with a press conference long before Cllr. Nwabudike was notified of an attempt to investigate his citizenship. It also ended in the media with a press conference without the benefit of LNBA communicating its finding to Cllr. Nwabudike. The LNBA’s only letter to Cllr. Nwabudike of April 4, 2020, invited him to appear before the Bar’s Grievance and Ethics Committee and prove himself innocent of the allegation of his failure to satisfactorily prove his Citizenship to the Honorable Senators during his confirmation hearing for the chairmanship of NEC. So the Bar has found Cllr. Nwabudike guilty from the outset and then invited him to prove himself innocent!!” George Lomax

    And this is THE IRONY, OR IN FACT, LAWLESSNESS, AND DISGRACE on the part of the LNBA in its thought, decision, and action, expelling one of its members in the person of Cllr. A.Ndubuisi Nwabudike. I mean it baffles and shocks the conscience and the rest of the immaterial faculties of objective minded people that lawyers would be so ignorant of their own statutory law( the Aliens and Nationality law AUTOMATIC NATURALIZATION 20.1 (ii &iii),).

    And also worse, their ignorance viz the fact that based on justice and fairness; of course, even deliberate acts or errors (especially in immigration), are, or may be, considered irrelevant, and GENERALLY OR USUALLY OVERRIDDEN by the legal principles and dictates of FAIRNESS, RELEVANCE, CONTRA LEGEM, FORCE MAJEURE, SUBSTANTIAL PERFORMANCE, ETC. ETC.!

    My God!!How on earth an associational group which should be a prism and advocate of due process, fairness, justice, and vehement opponents of any INQUISITORIAL PROCEDURE which is “GUILTY UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT” could be the very associational group of lawyers practicing the procedure of “GUILTY UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT”???

    And then on top of all such incompetence and ignorance, (which has brought disrepute upon the Senate Committee on Autonomous Agencies and the LNBA) these very so called lawyers, in their frivolous, and flimsy “arguments” LACK THE INTELLECT TO DIFFERENTIATE BETWEEN AUTOMATIC NATURALIZATION 20.1 (ii &iii) AND NATURALIZATION BY PETITION (21.3 (2) of the Aliens and Nationality Act of the Republic of Liberia!

    SHAME ON YOU GUYS FOR ALLOWING XENOPHOBIA AND SILLY POLITICS TO PREVENT YOU FROM STUDYING BEFORE SITTING FOR SUCH MECHANISMS OR CARRYING OUT SUCH GROUNDLESS AND LAWLESSNESS!

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