Civil society bemoan corruption, lack of justice

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LAGOS, (CAJ News) – INJUSTICE and graft are the greatest threats facing the promotion, advancement, preservation, protection and enforcement of human rights in Nigeria, the International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law (Intersociety), said.

Officials said the effects of injustice and graft breed insecurity, which in turn, gave birth to general underdevelopment.

“One of the consequences of underdevelopment in Nigeria is the entrenched culture of born-before-computer among the country’s public policy makers and the managers of its educational management and regulatory institutions,” said Emeka Umeagbalasi, Intersociety Board Chairman.

The culture of born-before-computer is understood as pride and egoistic mentality of Nigeria’s policy makers and implementers to stick to old brigade approach and refusal to move in tandem with current social realities such as global village culture or ICT revolution, he argued.

“On the other hand, the effects of graft or corruption on public office holders including public education regulators and managers in Nigeria are alarmingly riotous and mentally terminal; which is why it is immortally said that corruption or graft kills entrepreneurship, destroys values; ruins economy and deadens mental faculties of their possessors.”

Umeagbalasi argued the existing policy and graft oriented injustices against some public establishments in Nigeria was immense.

He said two of the victims gravely affected were the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) and the Nigerian Traffic Warden Service (TWS) under the “age-long enslavement” of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).

“While NOUN and its law faculty and is a victim of institutional graft and policy injustice powered by crudity and Hobbesian jurisprudence; the TWS is a victim of policing tyranny and enslavement,” said Umeagbalasi.

– CAJ News

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