Civilian Leadership and Law Reform in Nigeria

Nonso Okereafoezeke, Norfolk State University

It has been 42 years since Nigeria became politically independent of Briain. Nonetheless, Nigeria's official law and justice remain essentially extensions of British models. Scientific data supports the view that Nigeria's native justice and law systems remain viable and effective social control instruments that could be officially discovered and strengthened for modern Nigeria. This paper examines the country's civilian politics and leadership to determine the leaders' philosophy and level of commitment, as well as other political obstacles, to reforming the country's justice and law systems.

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