Every Nigerian has a right to be governed properly. Electoral contestants should be held accountable to their constituents, whilst voters should be accountable to their votes and fellow voters. A voter owes his neighbour a duty to elect credible leaders who will implement good policies for the good of the commonwealth. Without this duty of reciprocal accountability, voters will feel justified in supporting a non-performing government.
Man is a social creature but so are dogs and chimpanzees and in fact, we have biological predispositions like the other animals on earth. But, what is different about us humans is that we have linguistic abilities and are guided by reason. We are the only creatures capable of consciously and intentionally creating systems of … Continue reading TRANSFORMING LAW INTO SOCIAL ORDER: SUSTAINING NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT BY RECALIBRATING NIGERIA’S FAILED APPROACH
An astonishingly robust number of dissertations have been written by lawyers and students alike, all of whom have exemplified their scholarships on the issue of plea bargain as it concerns the criminal jurisprudence in Nigeria. Amidst the flurry of dissertations, a remarkably extensive volume of literature has been devoted to the argument that plea bargain … Continue reading REVISITING THE LAW ON PLEA BARGAINS: A TROJAN HORSE OR ANOTHER ROAD TO DAMASCUS?
At the risk of over-estimation, no less than ten out of every dozen of Nigerian guys are actively involved in cyber fraud as of now. The negligible remainder consists of heavily distraught individuals who lose sleep as a result of serious contemplation in that regard. This is bad enough. But, what is worse is … Continue reading “YAHOO BOYS” AND CYBER FRAUD: CRITICAL REFLECTIONS ON THE LAW AND PROSECUTORIAL PRETENSIONS
In spite of the crass flout of the rule of the law in Nigeria, the rule of law is one such that ought to be followed ideally in a sane society and its meaning would be best appreciated in present day governance in our everyday living each time we recall what had happened when there was no rule of law. But, that does not seem to be as one can hardly rack ones brain to recall upon a time the rule of law ever existed in this country.
When a child can no longer or her hands too short to scratch the very centre part of her back where it itches her the most, she will unknowingly draw the attention of people to her rescue, one will by then realize that what has been covered with clothing has unknowingly been exposed to the public.
When the Department of State Services swooped down on many suspected corrupt judges last year in a Gestapo style raid, many Nigerians were quick to condemn the actions of the DSS as “unconstitutional” and “illegal”. It was not until the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA 2015) was dissected at the trial of Federal Republic of Nigeria v Justice Ademola that it was discovered that the DSS acted within the parameters of the law.
It is indeed an insult on the Council of Legal Education in Nigeria for unenlightened Nigerians to be quick to brandish certain actions as “illegal” and “unconstitutional” when host of well-trained lawyers work in the advisory departments of such government agencies that carry out such purported unconstitutional acts.
Ours is a land blessed with an abundance of resources and talents. We have everything we need for our daily survival in this country at our disposal. Our rich history and present events suggest that Nigeria will realise the extent of her potentials only when her borders are shut tight. To ascertain the validity of … Continue reading NIGERIA FOR NIGERIANS
It was 1 a.m when it happened; A singular event which by any standard struck a clear cord sharp enough to reach the ears of God. An historical affront on the judiciary was recorded; most definitely the first of its kind since the end of the military rule in the year 1999. Nigeria had yet … Continue reading Corruption and The Judiciary: An analysis on the Constitutional Duties of the Executive Arm.
Time and time again has come to show, perchance any little to go by the splitting dissatisfaction of election results in my dear country, it is that the aggrieved or grieving party always than not carry their grievance beyond the doormat of party settlement into the innings of election tribunals for resolution. It is such … Continue reading A CRITICAL APPRAISAL OF THE SUPREME COURT’S VERDICT IN THE KOGI STATE GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION
History has proved sufficiently that as everywhere and always, in every struggle, there were, in order of importance: the fighters, the lukewarm, and the traitors. The sifting process must necessarily begin with the self. The social world in which I grew up was virtually Nigerian – without needing to say so. Nigerian imageries, customs, doctrines, … Continue reading Dreams of My Nigerian Sunrise.