Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, Yakubu Chonoko Maikyau has been sworn in as the 31st President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) following the expiration of Olumide Akpata-led administration.
Maikyau, who was sworn in as the new NBA president on Friday, August 26, 2022, won the election held earlier in July with 38,000 electoral votes.
The swearing-in ceremony was held at the Eko Hotel and Suites in Lagos after the conclusion of the NBA annual general conference.
In his inaugural speech, he thanked his predecessor and promised to rely on his recommendations.
He also thanked his colleagues at YC Maikyau & Co., his campaign team, as well as friends and associates who supported his candidacy.
The new President commended the outgone Akpata administration for the giant strides it recorded at the NBA in the last two years.
He made a commitment to not only sustain the laudable achievements and projects of the Akpata administration but also to build on it.
He extended a hand of fellowship to all those who contested the office of the NBA President with him, saying he and his team would be coming to tap from their in-depth knowledge from time to time.
“I saw all your great manifestos and your laudable proposals for the NBA. What has happened is that we are now the ones who have been given the responsibility. I invite you all to join hands with us as we build the Nigerian Bar Association to that great height we all desire,” he said.
The new NBA President was February 6, 1965, and hailed from Kebbi state, North West, Nigeria.
He is a lawyer with over 32 years of experience in dispute resolution, especially litigation and arbitration. He obtained his Bachelor of Laws degree in 1989 from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He was then called to the Nigerian Bar in 1990.
M.C Maikyau started his legal career with the law firm of Messrs. Danladi Bamaiyi & Co in Sokoto where he practised as a dispute resolution lawyer.
He founded his law firm, Y.C. Maikyau & Co., in 2003, with offices in Abuja, Sokoto and Kebbi states, and was conferred with the prestigious rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria on August 26, 2011.
He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Arbitrators, London, United Kingdom (FCIArb), and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators (FICMC).
Maikyau was a counsel in the Human Rights Investigation Commission of Nigeria – the Oputa Panel, set up by President Olusegun Obasanjo in 1999 as the country returned to democratic rule. The Commission was set up to investigate human rights violations during the military regime.