Re-emergence of the rule of law In Nigeria

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There is no doubt that one is happy with the political trend in the present dispensation and prays for leaders with integrity, objectivity and purpose to

Submitted: April 28, 2008

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Re-emergence of  ‘The rule of law’
In Nigeria

If but in all things, the current presidency of Nigeria in 2008, is writing its name in marble. It will be on the record as one of the best presidency Nigeria ever had, despite its controversial election victory and coming to power.

It vowed to tackle corruption head-on and to promote the concept of the rule of law and constitutionalism. Without mincing words, for the time being, it has fared well in doing so as at the middle of 2008: unlike its’ predecessors who grossly abused office witch-hunting opponents and displaying favouritism in some quarters.

The current presidency has esteemed valued judgement in exhibiting fairness and justice in some ramifications and more is still expected. Like the Oliver Twist in Charles Dickens novel, Nigerians would never stop-short at demanding more of what they know is good.  Therefore, despite the leaps and bounds of the current presidency in Nigeria, the citizens consider these agreeable and want the presidency to accomplish more and to shun favouritism and lopsidedness if it is to have any appeal to the average Nigerian.

For the first time in this era of Nigeria’s history of this wonderful generation of youth, have we experienced what it really means to practice ‘the rule of law’

In Edo State in early 2008, in a court judgement after considering all the evidences before it, without fear or favour but in accordance with the rule of law,  the presiding judge ‘overturned the presumptuous victory’ of the ruling political party. Such actions as this has given a lot of Nigerians confidence and some respite in the system, and endeared them more to their country.

Nonetheless, similar occurrences have taken place in some other states of the federation nationwide, where the election victories of most candidates have been contested in court by the aggrieved opponents, for proper scrutiny and evidences. One should note here that the judiciary in Nigeria has lived up to its expectations for the time being.

There are some perceptions around the country that justice, equality and fairness exists more with “the rule of law”.

There is no doubt that one is happy with the political trend in the present dispensation and prays for leaders with integrity, objectivity and purpose to lead Nigeria to greater heights and development and a future where the rule of law is fundamentally protected and safeguarded!


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