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Form of Government

CONTINUED FROM LAST WEEK In order to close this avenue for the continued perpetration of the evils which we have already noted, and to ensure the same high level of efficiency and performance in all our public services, employees of…

Form of Government

CONTINUED FROM LAST WEEK Without the civil servants, Government programmes would not even be worth the paper on which they are written, and momentous Government pronouncements would only amount to so much ‘sound and fury, signifying…

Form of Government

CONTINUED FROM LAST WEEK If we had our way, we would insist that no one without a good knowledge of mathematics, or logic and methodology, and psychology, in addition to his professional qualifications, should be elevated to the Bench.…

Form of Government

(xix) Any law or executive action which derogates from or interferes with the right of any citizen to form, register, and operate a country-wide or Region-wide political party shall be null and void and of no effect. (xx) Any law or…

Form of Government

As regards the first defect, it is important to point out that the world has moved very far away from the era when it was believed that the only rights which a constitution is called upon to entrench and guarantee are the so-called natural…

Form of Government

CONTINUED FROM LAST WEEK Apart from all we have said, it is a gross violation of the principle of federalism for the central government to deal in such a high-handed manner with a regional government. It destroys the very essence of…

Form of Government

CONTINUED FROM LAST WEEK Furthermore, by analogy, the proposed provision is even justifiable on purely technical grounds. Freedom of association is one of the fundamental rights of a citizen. He therefore has the right to float a private…

Form of Government

CONTINUED FROM LAST WEEK This sort of situation must never again be allowed to occur, either in the whole of the Federation or within a constituent State. In this latter respect, we hasten to emphasize that it is not impossible, unless…

Form of Government

CONTINUED FROM LAST WEEK In a constituent State, the issues which come before the Legislature are of purely domestic character. Any error committed in respect of them can only have strictly circumscribed intra-state consequences.…

Form of Government

CONTINUED FROM LAST WEEK Allied to these topics of universal adult suffrage and the Common Electoral Roll are the issues of election of candidates and unrestricted eligibility. With regard to the latter, every Nigerian should, in our…

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