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Onnoghen: Nigeria’s Flawed Democracy - Oke Umurhohwo by AnonPoet: 5:15am On Apr 06
Democracy is a unique form of government and one of its enticing features is the separation of power. This is the principle that spread the power of the state between the executive, the legislative, and the judiciary– a system that effectively promotes checks and balances.

But this feature is serially lacking in Nigeria, although the country is widely viewed as a democratic nation. While Nigeria, just like most democratic nations, has its government structured along with the executive, the legislative, and the judiciary, it practically operates with an executive domineering on the two other arms of government.

A typical indication is a recent revelation by a former chief justice of the country, Walter Onnoghen, on how the executive masterminded his removal from office. Onnoghen was pushed out from the country’s judicial top position in 2019, and for the first time since that controversy, the retired jurist shared inside details on how his ouster was perfected by the Muhammadu Buhari-led government.

“Before my suspension, I was confronted with no allegation,” Onnoghen recalled during a book launch in Abuja on Friday, before he went on to reveal that “there were rumours that I met with Atiku in Dubai. But as I am talking here today, I have never met Atiku one on one in my life.” This is unbelievable and exposed the deep flaws in Nigeria’s democracy.

The Chief justice of Nigeria is the head of the country’s judicial system, and his or her stay and exit in his office shouldn’t be at the whim and caprices of a president. Unfortunately, that was not what Onnoghen’s experience is telling us, and once again, spotlights the undue advantage that the executive exercise over the two other arms of government in Nigeria.

This is an anomaly that is gradually becoming a norm, and consistently, sends an awry message about the country’s democracy. To be sure, the chief justice, as Onnoghen was then, was not immune to scrutiny just like every other public officer, but the kind of manipulation that saw his exit was shambolic.

Pause and cast your mind back to the lines of events that culminated in Onnoghen’s ouster. Out of nowhere, a faceless organisation questioned the integrity of Onnoghen’s asset declaration document, and in a flash of light, the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) filed out an interim order for his suspension. And capping it all was the speed which Buhari, who is widely known for dragging foot in the application of orders, bounced on the order to ease Onnoghen out of office.

The truth, which was not too hard to decipher, was that Onnoghen was caught up in the absolute misapplication of power. Going by his recent revelation, his removal from office was simply political and revolved around the 2019 general election, which the incumbent feared could bring an unpleasant outcome through an independent-minded judicial review.

That suggests an overreach from the executive, who though consistently professes democracy, continue to act in a way that undermines it. Onnoghen’s episode is a typical example of this awkward behaviour and just like many other similar scenarios, brought to the fore the ills of Nigeria’s democracy.

Over two decades ago, Nigerians settled for democracy because of the highly tempting checks and balances feature that the system of government promises. But here we are and things are looking awkward, reminiscent of the terrible experience of the military regime, where the legislature is non-existent and the judiciary is largely influenced by military leadership.

Take a look around and you’ll not miss this salient truth, which has significantly distort our democracy. If you’re still at a loss, take an objective review of the legislature and you’ll be alarmed at how it is nearly reduced to an appendage of the executive. The same pattern is not lacking in the judiciary, though, it could still pretend all is well.

But how long can this defect continue? Hard to predict, but what is certain is that this is not the democracy we opted for.
https://leaders.ng/onnoghen-nigerias-flawed-democracy-by-okestalyf/

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Re: Onnoghen: Nigeria’s Flawed Democracy - Oke Umurhohwo by ScamHunter: 5:40am On Apr 06
Nigeria is in a stranglehold. A country of 200 million people and 350 ethnic groups has had its Executive, Legislature and Judiciary cornered by one single ethnic group simply because the rest are too dull to use their initiatives. The issue is beyond Onnoghen as a person, but a constitution that is designed to work in the interest of few.

The Southern Nigerians may be stupid, but do not give the Fulani more credit than they deserve. The Neo-Colonialists are practically tele-guiding them. Were you not aware that Obama worked day and night to see Jonathan removed? Have you not seen the British and American Ambassadors propping up this Fulani government because it serves their interest? Did you not see US Secretary of State visit the country and focused on meeting the Sultan and ended his visit while neglecting the south? The north serves the interest of the whiteman at the collective detriment of Africans so they will always be guided to keep the nation backward as long as it is of economic interest to the whiteman.

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Re: Onnoghen: Nigeria’s Flawed Democracy - Oke Umurhohwo by Bobotic(m): 5:41am On Apr 06
Bubu once said... shocked

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Re: Onnoghen: Nigeria’s Flawed Democracy - Oke Umurhohwo by Chicastle: 5:41am On Apr 06
This onnoghen matter no dey finish?

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Re: Onnoghen: Nigeria’s Flawed Democracy - Oke Umurhohwo by Jestin: 5:41am On Apr 06
Buhari can’t define what a democracy is.

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Re: Onnoghen: Nigeria’s Flawed Democracy - Oke Umurhohwo by adexeli(m): 5:41am On Apr 06
Just like the law of physics, every elastic object has a yield point at which it doesn't revert back to its original state, Nigeria is getting there soon, this forced marriage would soon receive a reality check... See wetin Luggard cause sha... Anyways

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Re: Onnoghen: Nigeria’s Flawed Democracy - Oke Umurhohwo by Pickieox(m): 5:42am On Apr 06
Take it or leave it. The biggest form of organised crime is government (democracy) and religion. I don't know which one is more powerful between the duo...

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Re: Onnoghen: Nigeria’s Flawed Democracy - Oke Umurhohwo by Triangles1(m): 5:42am On Apr 06
Online ranting.
Re: Onnoghen: Nigeria’s Flawed Democracy - Oke Umurhohwo by sylve11: 5:45am On Apr 06
Just like we don't have true 4G network providers in this country, that's exactly how we don't have true democracy in this country. Everything na patch patch.... embarassed cool

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Re: Onnoghen: Nigeria’s Flawed Democracy - Oke Umurhohwo by elmessiahs(m): 5:46am On Apr 06
onnoghen's removal is like the proverbial monkey that laughs when a big tree falls, not knowing that its his house that is falling.

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Re: Onnoghen: Nigeria’s Flawed Democracy - Oke Umurhohwo by Guide777(m): 5:52am On Apr 06
Someone on Nairalsnd asked whether it was Buhari that burned Police headquarters in Imo or freed prisoners in Owerri. I said he laid the ground work for all the shambolic failure recorded during his administration. From his 5percenter theory, killing of unarmed and peaceful protesters, appointment of his kiths and kins in juicy position, exclusion of a certain region from the apex security structure,
allowing his kins from outside the country to forcibly takeover indigenous lands across Nigeria, treating boko haram with kid gloves... The list is endless... This government has failed woefully.

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Re: Onnoghen: Nigeria’s Flawed Democracy - Oke Umurhohwo by ReubenE(m): 5:55am On Apr 06
It is a sad tale that is now part of our history.

Sometimes I wonder what really is wrong with Nigeria that the ruling class don't love her at all.

Their actions are always about self interest, and never about moving the country forward.

If they award a contract, the underlying reason is always about stealing money or an attempt to make some elements become rich overnight.

They apply the law not to maintain order or preservation of the State, but to crush and defeat adversaries.
The Police Force is nothing to write home about.
With a crippled Legislature and constantly convulsing Executive, the country is just a shame to look from afar

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Re: Onnoghen: Nigeria’s Flawed Democracy - Oke Umurhohwo by Esseite: 5:57am On Apr 06
With the level of Tribalism and Bigotry displayed by the CCT Judge in recent clips yet protected and pardoned by arms of Government, one can rightly say Onnoghen may have been a "BIAFRAN BOY"..

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Re: Onnoghen: Nigeria’s Flawed Democracy - Oke Umurhohwo by Alejoas(f): 5:57am On Apr 06
angry
Re: Onnoghen: Nigeria’s Flawed Democracy - Oke Umurhohwo by whela(m): 5:58am On Apr 06
Nigeria democracy and politics was and founded on lies and built on fraud and scam. So sir, deal with it you got your share of it.
Re: Onnoghen: Nigeria’s Flawed Democracy - Oke Umurhohwo by Abalado(f): 5:59am On Apr 06
I'm tired of Nigeria I swear,I want to leave this country,I think I have to relocate to Ekiti and leave this Nigeria for una,am tired

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Re: Onnoghen: Nigeria’s Flawed Democracy - Oke Umurhohwo by orisa37: 6:11am On Apr 06
onnoghen-nigerias-flawed-democracy-by-okestalyf.



YES.

AND WITH IMPUNITY.

ENTER FEUDAL DOMINATION.
Re: Onnoghen: Nigeria’s Flawed Democracy - Oke Umurhohwo by orisa37: 6:12am On Apr 06
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YES.

AND WITH IMPUNITY.

ENTER FEUDAL DOMINATION SINCE 2015.
Re: Onnoghen: Nigeria’s Flawed Democracy - Oke Umurhohwo by HacheNoire: 6:14am On Apr 06
ScamHunter:
Nigeria is in a stranglehold. A country of 200 million people and 350 ethnic groups has had its Executive, Legislature and Judiciary cornered by one single ethnic group simply because the rest are too dull to use their initiatives. The issue is beyond Onnoghen as a person, but a constitution that is designed to work in the interest of few.

I love the point you raised about the rest of the ethnic groups being dull, but come to think of it, this same region has been united more than any other regions. Their unity has been their power, and it has conquered and reconquered.

Give it to the North! Democracy will always favour them cos they are united. One voice, one sole aim.

The South be chest beating on Nairaland and Twitter, while they are strategically planning

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Re: Onnoghen: Nigeria’s Flawed Democracy - Oke Umurhohwo by spidey77: 6:15am On Apr 06
What is unflawed in Nigeria
Re: Onnoghen: Nigeria’s Flawed Democracy - Oke Umurhohwo by capatainrambo: 6:16am On Apr 06
He was replaced by a quite system illiterate with more than 30 children

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Re: Onnoghen: Nigeria’s Flawed Democracy - Oke Umurhohwo by Jeezuzpick(m): 6:23am On Apr 06
Bobotic:
Bubu once said... shocked

That's what they want you to believe. They know EXACTLY what they're doing.

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Re: Onnoghen: Nigeria’s Flawed Democracy - Oke Umurhohwo by Donchieli(m): 6:23am On Apr 06
Is with much alacrity that I want to say that life in Nigeria like a palm karnel or coconut

See nothing really concern life for Nigeria with palm karnel or coconut

Cuz the country hard pass them

I don give up on this country
Re: Onnoghen: Nigeria’s Flawed Democracy - Oke Umurhohwo by affable4(m): 6:23am On Apr 06
Was actually obvious.

And as long as there are no checks and balances in a system, those with absolute power tend to be absolutely corrupt.

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Re: Onnoghen: Nigeria’s Flawed Democracy - Oke Umurhohwo by dochenaj: 6:24am On Apr 06
Esseite:
With the level of Tribalism and Bigotry displayed by the CCT Judge in recent clips yet protected and pardoned, one can rightly say Onnoghen may have been a "BIAFRAN BOY"..
Of course he saw Onnoghen as a Biafra boy certainly.

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Re: Onnoghen: Nigeria’s Flawed Democracy - Oke Umurhohwo by sapientia(m): 6:24am On Apr 06
Buhari is an unapologetic coupist.

Thats his style

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Re: Onnoghen: Nigeria’s Flawed Democracy - Oke Umurhohwo by jamace(m): 6:25am On Apr 06
Chicastle:
This onnoghen matter no dey finish?
Historical case worth revisiting.

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Re: Onnoghen: Nigeria’s Flawed Democracy - Oke Umurhohwo by ec0malchemist(m): 6:27am On Apr 06
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Re: Onnoghen: Nigeria’s Flawed Democracy - Oke Umurhohwo by OyinO: 6:32am On Apr 06
Democrazy? There has never been a practice of Democracy in Nigeria. How can there be a democracy with a military Constitution? We have always had Military Democracy in Nigeria. It only needed a few decades to arrive at the expected destination of widespread chaos, crisis, hatred, rebellion, resistance, terror, civil war and violence. No thanks to all the bad leaders who destroyed all hopes and opportunities ( with the exception of late Umar Musa Yar'Adua). No thanks to Christianity and Islam that added fuel to the fire. Now the whole con3 is in flames. It will burn to ashes and collapse into fragments like the USSR.

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Re: Onnoghen: Nigeria’s Flawed Democracy - Oke Umurhohwo by EMAXIM(m): 6:34am On Apr 06
Whosoever believes Nigeria to be a democratic state his living in a haze
Re: Onnoghen: Nigeria’s Flawed Democracy - Oke Umurhohwo by DropsMic(m): 6:37am On Apr 06
One NIGERIA is a Facade

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Re: Onnoghen: Nigeria’s Flawed Democracy - Oke Umurhohwo by maasoap(m): 6:39am On Apr 06
The truth, which was not too hard to decipher, was that Onnoghen was caught up in the absolute misapplication of power. Going by his recent revelation, his removal from office was simply political and revolved around the 2019 general election, which the incumbent feared could bring an unpleasant outcome through an independent-minded judicial review.

Conveniently forgot to mention how Onnoghen claimed to have made over 2 billion naira from rice importation, a serving judge! Dropping thousands of dollars into different personal accounts on daily basis, lol.

I don't really blame him, this is a country that has been polarised by religion and ethnicity. And that's why he was let off the hook easily and still walking freely and now trying hard to sell bullshitt to us. Country of jokers and clowns. This made me remember #freeevans campaign, every criminal has an army of fanatical supporters

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