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REFLECTIONS ON THE RULE OF LAW IN CONTEMPORARY NIGERIA by O.K Edu

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Abstract

This paper examines the concept of the rule of law and its operation in Nigeria. It observes that the rule of law has not been religiously adhered to in Nigeria, and the executive arm of government is the principal culprit. The paper urges citizens at all levels, big or small, high or low to live in accordance with the tenets of the rule of law. The paper recommends that machinery should be put in place to make the judicial arm of government truly independent so as enable judicial officers dispense justice no matter the status of the litigant.

Introduction

The rule of law implies supremacy of the law. It connotes ordered government in accordance with the extant laws of the land rather than arbitrary decisions of the government. It means that all persons, institutions, entities and authorities must be subject to the law of the land and that nobody is above the law.

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