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Title:Democracy, courts and the rule of law in Nigeria: problems and prospects
Author:Taiwo, L.O.ISNI
Periodical:East African Journal of Peace and Human Rights (ISSN 1021-8858)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Nigeria
West Africa
Subjects:judicial system
rule of law
separation of powers
legal procedure
Justice, Administration of
External link:https://www.ajol.info/index.php/eajphr/article/view/39354
Abstract:This paper examines the existence of, and the extent to which democracy and the rule of law have been accepted as political imperatives in Nigeria. The first part focuses on the definitions of democracy and the rule of law. Part 2 examines the role of an independent and virile judiciary in the sustenance of democratic virtues. Part 3 addresses the necessity to have unalloyed respect for court Orders without which the institution of democracy cannot be properly run. Observance of due process as an attitudinal attribute of constitutional democracy is discussed in part 4. Part 5 is devoted to illustrating how delay in the justice delivery system constitutes a debasement to democracy and the rule of law in Nigeria, while the final part is the conclusion, which underlines Nigerians' preference for democracy as a form of government but which unfortunately has been trivialized by the covert and overt actions of Nigeria's political leadership. Notes, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]