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Title:Public complaints in the Islamic and Nigerian polities: a search for efficiency
Author:Imam, Yahya Oyewole
Year:2004
Periodical:Orita: Ibadan Journal of Religious Studies
Volume:36
Issue:1-2
Pages:57-72
Language:English
Geographic terms:Islamic countries
Nigeria
Subjects:norms
traditional polities
public administration
ombudsman
Abstract:This paper examines the processes and nature of public complaints in the Islamic and Nigerian polities, drawing examples from three successive governments in the Islamic polity (complaints brought before Prophet Muhammad, the Orthodox and the Umayyad Caliphs) and from the establishment of the Public Complaints Commission in Nigeria (complaints against ministers, parastatals and departments) till the end of the 20th century. The paper demonstrates the Commissions' efforts towards enhancing probity among State officials and fairness in their recommendations irrespective of the caliber of the persons involved. A comparison of the institution in the Islamic polity with the one in Nigeria shows that the Nigerian system has more shortfalls than its Islamic counterpart. Some of these shortfalls and remedies are discussed in conclusion. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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