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January 23, 2006

Nigeria: A military or civilian democracy?

At pertinent points in the democratic life of Nigeria, the type of democracy the people seem to be practising will be brought to the fore. The current political confusion in Oyo State provides one such benchmark. With calls being made to the President to restore Ladoja to power, you wonder if such calls should be made. Under military rule, with a dictator at the helm, yes, such calls are justified.

However, if what is intended in Nigeria is a civilian democracy, then the court system should be the right direction to head to with the Supreme Court as the final destination. As with previous military dictatorships too much authority is being given to this President, who in both rhetoric and action should be made to understand that he himself is not above the law.

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