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Open Governance and Development

It is always common for analysts to recommend constitutional amendments virtually on every public discourse on Nigeria’s development, while they hardly discuss lack of open governance in our leadership, a culture that is impeding developments and hurting our people especially the poor. Agreed the constitution may require amendments sometimes to correct some anomalies, but what about compliance?. It supposes that even if we have the best constitution in the world, it still makes no sense if they cannot be complied with. The quickest that comes to mind is the fundamental Rights Provision under the chapter four of the 1999 Constitution. This provision has been observed more in the breach as suspects or accused are still been detained for as long as possible by the whims and caprices of powerful individuals with police collaboration. People are still been deprived of their liberty and many other provisions that are violated daily.

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