THE CONCEPT OF RULE OF LAW AND THE NOTION OF JUSTICE IN THE SURVIVAL OF THE NIGERIAN STATE

AYODELE, JOHN ALADE,

Abstract


Upholding the rule of law and adherence to the principles of justice play an important role in the economic and social development of a Nation, this is because rule of law and justice to all guarantee peace, security and stability. For a Nation to be ranked among the committee of civilized and developed Nations, rule of law and principles of justice must be upheld. Using the doctrinal methodology, this work assessed Nigerian State from the perspective of her adherence to the rule of law and upliftment of justice. This work reaffirms that for Nigeria as a State to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal 16, will depend on her commitment to the notion of the ideal character of the rule of law as a guiding principle for organizing life in society and access to justice as the essential instrument for the protection of human right. The work concluded that upholding law and order, providing predictable and efficient judgments through the institutional framework and attributes believed necessary to actuate the rule of law such as well trained law enforcement officers, functional courts, independent judiciary, comprehensive law and equipped correctional facilities and homes are the things upon which the Nigerian state can continue, prosper and survive.

Keywords


Rule of law, notion of justice, Nigerian State.

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