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Don urges FG to institute justice, rule of law

By Kolade Adeyemi, Jos

Dr Elias Nankap-Lamle, lecturer with Centre for Conflict Management and Peace Studies, University of Jos has called on the federal government as a matter of urgency to institute justice and rule of law enforcement to end insecurity in Nigeria.

Lamle made the call on Saturday in his keynote address at the 2021 Law Week of Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Pankshin Branch held at Kanke Resort, Kabwir, Kanke Local Government Area of Plateau.

The university lecturer blamed the current insecurity challenges on the prevalent injustice and blatant disregard for the rule of law in the country, which if not checked, will plug the nation into serious danger.

Lamenting in his paper titled: “The Rule of Law and Good Governance: Tools for Stemming the Tide of Insecurity in Nigeria,” the lecturer said, “There has never been a robust observance of the rule of law in Nigeria, whereas where lies injustice, lies insecurity.

“These very well explained the reason insecurity has pervaded the country today. Sad enough, judges, who are expected to be courageous, impartial, independent, just and be respecters of no persons, no matter how highly exalted their positions in the society may be, have failed.

“The major issue here is that without an independent judiciary with incorruptible judges, the rule of law cannot be sustained,” he stated.

Noting that Nigeria only has strong personalities but weak institutions, he said “public servants, especially chief executives, behave and carry themselves about as if they are above the laws or are not subject to any authority.”

According to him, by the demands of the rule of law, the government and its officials are duty-bound to respect and obey the law in all its actions.

The speaker said government must also address other issues like illegal arrest, detentions, trials, banning of trade unions and popular organisations, harassment of civil rights campaigners, illegal proscriptions of media houses, extra-judicial killings and other hostile acts against the citizenry perpetrated by Nigerian leaders that have become a daily occurrence in every state of the Federation.

“The farther our journey into democracy, the clearer it becomes that Nigeria is sitting on a time bomb, owing to some inconsistencies in the provisions in the nations Constitution.

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