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By Lukmon Akintola

I read with great dismay a write-up about the founder of Inri Evangelical Spiritual Church, Primate Elijah Ayodele. The narrative was written by the Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.

In the write-up with the sole aim of disparaging Primate Ayodele’s image, Adesina acknowledged the philanthropy of the man of God via empowerment but questioned his gift of prophecy. Also, he picked what he termed holes in the prophecies of the servant of God, questioning why one prophecy or the other did not come to pass.

While the Special Adviser has a right to his opinion, many in his carder of media management would agree that he should have done a better job with his piece.

In his write-up, one salient fact that Adesina forgot to reckon with is that the work of God differs from that of men, and so is the work of men of God.

As such, his analysis was basically without any spiritual guidance or interpretation.

Isaiah 55: 8-9: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways.

“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

The above quote from the book of Isaiah becomes more meaningful when we consider the fact that God had asked that the judgment of his prophet be left to him.

So why is Adesina who is believed to be a very smart and intelligent media manager taking up the responsibility? Adesina wondered why Primate Ayodele conveniently prophesied that Nigeria would disintegrate; questioning how many people living presently would still be alive in 2035 or 2040, the period the man of God had said the country would cease to exist.

Please let Adesina be told that 2040 is just 19 years from now, and a lot of people including himself will see the year, except he deliberately chooses not to. He also questioned why the servant of God tends to deliver negative prophecies, but one would expect that Adesina who is regarded as a Christian should know that a prophet who is truly called by God is not at liberty to change what has been revealed to him by God.

Even in the good book, prophets such as Prophet Jeremiah and Prophet Elijah had the knack for negative prophecies, as revealed to them by God, but it never meant that they had no business with prophecy as Adesina painted Primate Ayodele in his obnoxious article.

That the man of God is famous for such prophecy does not mean that they are intended to scare the daylight out of his followers or Nigerians at large.

Revered Prophets and true seers have affirmed that with prayers negative revelations could be averted, but they also know that they are not at liberty to change the revelations of God, so they say it as it is shown.

Hence, the popular Yoruba Christian saying associated with prophets: “Egbe ni fun eni ti a firan to njise”, literarily meaning “Woe betides the prophet who delivers a message, not from God.”

If Adesina chooses not to see that Nigeria is a failing state without security, job opportunities, and an ever-increasing level of poverty, then it is unfortunate.

Indeed, if a man such as Primate Ayodele is calling for the consequences of a failing state to be managed now to averted doom in 2040, and Adesina has chosen to castigate him just to satisfy the ego of his principal, then shame on him.

Why can’t Adesina and his people in Aso Rock reach out to Primate Ayodele for what it’s worth and seek spiritual advice?

There are people who to date are still blamed for what Nigeria has become, maybe someday, Adesina’s name would be added to that list.

Posterity will definitely remember him either for good or bad, hopefully not the latter.

The Special Adviser also condemned Primate Ayodele for what he termed his failed prophecies in politics.

According to Adesina, Primate Ayodele in the build-up to the 2015 presidential elections said Goodluck Jonathan would win, but the man lost.

Encomium Magazine quoted Primate Ayodele to have expatiated on the misgiving of the Jonathan situation.

Speaking with the popular and reputable magazine published by Mr. Kunle Bakare, Primate Ayodele said: “All I have said about 2015 elections is consistent with God’s words. I have no power over any of these words. I only said it as the Lord directed.

“You can check everything we have said, how it’s going to happen, and all that. We have said Jonathan was not going to get it in the core North, it has happened that way. And the Governors Forum will divide against him should he decide to contest in 2015, everything has come to pass.

“But at a time we said PDP would win at the centre if Jonathan handles some issues very well, including the First Lady issue, the Chibok girls, and others. My question is did he handle these things the way the Lord directed?

And we have said if Jonathan wanted to win in 2015, this and this were the steps he should take.

Prophecy is to warn you against any impediment and how to tackle it. It’s now left for you to take it or leave it. But all I know is that all we said have been constant.

One thing people don’t know is that prophecy is not a literature book or newspaper. And can anybody interpret prophecy better than God?”

Also, it is on record that Primate Ayodele did say that Jonathan’s re-election would be dicey; the man of God also warned Jonathan that he risked losing the election if he took a wrong step.

Indeed, when Jonathan began to take steps that were in the wrong direction, Primate Ayodele was quick to note that he was going to lose the election.

In an interview with Daily Independent, the cleric said: “‎Even though it will not be a landslide victory for the opposition, the President will lose. “No matter what, Jonathan will be the last PDP President in Nigeria. I don’t see a landslide victory in the presidential election.”

Jonathan will be PDP’s last president — Popular Lagos Cleric

It is important that one fact should be constant in this narrative and that is Adesina believes that Primate Ayodele prophesies did not come to pass. But wait, didn’t they come to pass?

Adesina said Primate Ayodele prophesied that PDP would shock APC in Lagos, but it did not happen. Adesina’s error of fact was that he translated PDP shocking APC to mean that PDP would win the election.

However, Primate Ayodele never said that. Indeed, PDP did give APC a run for their money in the said election. While APC won, it was one election in which the PDP showed they meant business, and they were a party to reckon with, unlike before when they were just another opposition party in the state.

Presently, there are political analysts who still maintain that PDP was robbed of that election.

On the Kaduna State election, Primate Ayodele never said PDP would win, his position was that it will be difficult for PDP to retain the state.

Many would recall how Primate Ayodele urged Nigerians to pray for President Buhari’s health when he went abroad for treatment, so how could he at the same time have said that the president would not return.

This was another erroneous allegation brought against Primate Ayodele by Adesina.

On APC breaking up, it is shocking that Adesina has refused to acknowledge the obvious.

There is wrangling in APC in almost all the states in Nigeria.

The drama of how Adams Oshiomole was eased out as the national chairman of the party is legendary. What happened to John Odigie-Oyegu?, The drama between Oshiomole and Godwin Obaseki before the latter joined PDP was also hilarious, and Adeshina is saying that all is well?

This is just a minute aspect of the crisis in the party, as an wholelistic analysis would be more than shocking.

For Adesina not to acknowledge this truth is evidence that his whole writeup was bias and a mere waste of time.

Indeed, the APC is presently rebuilding for the 2023 election, even a blind bat would acknowledge that. Y

Primate Ayodele did prophesied about Boko Haram bombing the South West, but that it is yet to be actualised does not mean that it won’t happen, It also does not mean that prayers can’t avert such negativity.

So, has Primate Ayodele prayed for the people of the southwest? When was this prophecy even made? One of the hallmarks of journalism is objectivity, but Adesina’s narrative was devoid of that singular attribute.

Adesina itemised prophesies that he claimed did not come to pass, but failed to adopt the principle of objectivity by telling his readers the prophecies of Primate Ayodele that had come to pass.

While they are countless, we will mention just a couple that has come to pass from the recently unveiled 2021/2022 and beyound edition of Warnings To The Nations.

-Primate Ayodele prophesied about the assassination of the leader of a country, this came to pass in Haiti.

-Primate Ayodele also noted that there will be the destruction of lives and properties in South Africa if Zuma’s case isn’t handled well; we all know what’s happening now.

The same applies to the sudden change in leadership of GTBank which was mentioned in this book. –

Ayodele who Adesina said knows nothing about prophecy accurately prophesied the outcome of Euro 2020 and COPA America semi-finals and final matches during a live service on his Facebook page.

The prophecies were broadcast live before the matches were played, they came to pass exactly as he had said they would.

Just in case Adesina is not in the know, Primate Ayodele has published a compendium of 10,000 fulfilled prophesies.

For the Special Adviser to rubbish this effort and the good works of the man of God in his write-up devoid of objectivity is far from shameful, but an indication that he knows nothing about spirituality.

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2023 General Election: The Spiritual Warfare Against Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu And The Role Of Primate Elijah Ayodele

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By Lukmon Akintola

Ahead of the 2023 general election, several politicians and businessmen have started making underground moves.

While there are contenders, there are also a lot of pretenders. There is no gain saying that the likes of Atiku Abubakar, Senator Bukola Saraki, Governor Yahaya Bello are some of the contenders who have indicated their interest to contest the topmost job of President.

Indeed, there are other players like Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Professor Yemi Osibajo who recently declared their interest in the plum job.

Only recently, a report claimed that Professor Osinbanjo had confided in President Muhammadu Buhari that he would be contesting for president in the next election. This has proven to be a fact, as his supporters have since gone full throttle.

Tinubu’s recent statement that he would not turn down invitations by groups or individuals to contest the election speaks volume of how far he is set to go to actualize his dream.

Indeed, several individuals, social groups, and organisations have continued to canvass for the former Governor of Lagos State to contest the election, even as he has already declared his ambition to President Muhammadu Buhari.

The trip to London by almost all the politicians that matter in Nigeria to greet the All Progressive Congress (APC) national leader while he recuperated in London after a successful knee surgery depicts the level of endorsement Tinubu enjoys towards the course at hand.

Indeed, it is also a common sight to see Tinunu’s campaign posters in strategic locations in different states, especially in Lagos, while groups such as Tinubu Support Group (TSG), and SWAGA, a South-West initiative continue the structural work of what they hope would lead to the emergence of Tinubu as the next president of Nigeria.

Though there is nothing wrong with being ambitious, the ambition of Asiwaju Tinubu, is however one which has attracted several unpleasant comments from power brokers and political stakeholders.

In fact, his protégés including the publisher of Ovation Magazine, Dele Momodu, and Opeyemi Bamidele have blatantly denied endorsing his presidency.

While some people would be quick to tag Tinubu as the messiah of the APC, one fact which cannot be taken away from the man is that he is a powerful political juggernaut and the saviour of the APC south-west.

But is this enough to see Tinubu through to the exalted seat? From a common-sense perspective, the odds might look good for Tinubu, but the spiritual decides what happens in the physical world. The odds definitely don’t look favourable for Tinubu from a spiritual perspective.

As far back as 2019, a respected man of God and the spiritual leader of Inri Evangelical Spiritual Church, Primate Elijah Ayodele had maintained that Tinubu becoming the President of Nigeria is like the camel passing through the eyes of the needle.

Specifically, Primate Ayodele said: “The national leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu needs to restrategise if he wants to continue well in his political career. I see him being disgraced in the party except he quickly restrategises.”

Primate Ayodele also stated that Tinubu’s boys will betray him and that his political career will not exceed 2023.

The man of God also warned that Tinubu’s political existence will soon end as he foresees his political sons standing against him due to the betrayal and uprising that will be raised against him.

“The plans to take over power from him are underway and almost perfected. His ‘boys’, those he trained politically, will betray, backstab and rise up against him.”

While many have tagged Primate Ayodele a political prophet, there is no gainsaying that those who have not heeded the spiritual advice of the man of God have done so at their peril, with many still regretting their choice of action.

While it is not ideal to celebrate people’s downfall, the list of people who have not heeded Primate Ayodele’s advice and have lived to regret it is indeed very long.

Be that as it may, the odds have definitely been positive for those who have heeded the advice of the man of God.

In an exclusive interview with respected online news platform, www.theoctopusnews.com, Primate Ayodele, explicitly spoke on the revelations of God to him about Tinubu’s presidential ambition.

He said; “I love Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, he is a good man, a nice man, and one of the good leaders I respect as an elder statesman. But the fact is if Tinubu wants to kill Lagos, he should go for the presidency and start struggling for Lagos. He will lose the presidency and Lagos State.

“It is a warning, and I am saying this because I love him. If for any reason Tinubu gets there, say they make him president, Nigeria will collapse. Nigeria will be worst with Tinubu than Buhari, so Tinubu should not make an attempt to say that he wants to be president. He should just remain as a decision-maker and leader deciding who should go where.”

Though the spiritual political fate of Tinubu looks grim, there is no denying the fact that the worst destinies have changed for the better via the intervention of God.

Today, pastors preach the story of how the destiny of Jabez in the Bible was changed when he reached out to God. Could Tinubu also enjoy this fortune, is it possible that the political fortune of Tinubu could change with the right spiritual intervention?

In the past, Primate Ayodele had called on the President Buhari-led government to seek the face of God through his prophets, true prophets who will tell him what God has revealed to them. While the Buhari government has failed to heed the advice of the man of God, the country continues to be ravaged by different challenges including economic crisis and insecurity.

Interestingly, President Buhari recently acknowledged the need for divine intervention to fight insecurity thus confirming Primate Ayodele’s age-long position

With 2023 just by the corner, it becomes important to ask if Tinubu would take the wise route of seeking spiritual intervention from true prophets or if he would join the list of those who have ignored the man of God at their peril.

My take is simple. For what it’s worth, Tinubu should seek the face of God from true prophets, one which I know being Primate Babatunde Elijah Ayodele. At least, by so doing he would have eliminated the “Had I Know” factor.

Lukmon Akintola is a journalist and the publisher of online news platform, www.theoctopusnews.com.

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I wanted to continue with my treatise on the Rule of Law as our only panacea for survival when a clarion call by the governor of Katsina State, Alhaji Aminu Masari, caught my attention.

It might have come as a shock to many when Masari called on people of his state to arm themselves, rise, and confront bandits to defend themselves. He lamented that security officials alone cannot tackle insecurity in the state.

Masari’s state, like other northwest and north-central states of Zamfara, Kaduna, Sokoto, Kebbi, Niger, Kaduna and Kogi, has witnessed incessant attacks by bandits linked to the dreaded Boko Haram groups. They have killed thousands of people, kidnapped hundreds and displaced some thousands from their homes in these states.

The governor preached to his people that “it is allowed Islamically for one to defend himself against attacks. One must rise to defend himself, his family, and his assets. If you die while trying to defend yourself, you’ll be considered a martyr.”

He expressed displeasure that bandits have arms, while good men do not have guns to defend themselves and their families. He then declared his government’s readiness to help those who desired to own arms as a way of pushing back against banditry.

This will not be the first time that a high-ranking member in this government will exhort the people to take up arms in defence of themselves. In February last year, the minister of defence, Maj. Gen. Bashir Magashi (retd) told a dumbfounded nation to rise and defend themselves against bandits and “stop being cowardly”.

Said he: “In our younger days, we stand (sic) to fight any aggression coming for us…I don’t know why people are running from minor things like that. They should stand and let these people know that even the villagers have the competency and capabilities to defend themselves.”

But before them, the Emir of Muri in Taraba State, Alhaji Abbas Tafida, had taken the bull by the horns and thrown down the gauntlet. He threatened bandits with death if they did not leave his forests in 30 days. He said: “Our brothers, the nomadic herdsmen (Bororo) from neighbouring countries, you came to us to allow you to stay in our forest. We allowed you because you are our brothers. When you came, we welcomed you. We regarded you as fellow Muslims. But the question you must answer is, are you Muslims?

“This is a question we are waiting for you to answer. We deserve to know if you are Muslims. If you are one of us (Muslims) and you decide to stay in the forest, only to kidnap us one by one for ransom, stop it because your attitude is not acceptable to Allah. But if you are not Muslims, I want to tell you, like we fought the infidels before, we are ready to fight you with all our strength. So I have given you (Bororo) 30 days to leave my emirate. If we see any of you after the expiration of my ultimatum, we will kill him.”

Before him, in December 2020, the Emir of Anka and Chairman, Zamfara State Council of Chiefs, Alhaji Attahiru Muhammad Ahmad Anka, had said that they were tired of appeals and that if nothing was done to stop banditry and attacks on traditional rulers, they should be allowed to carry weapons to protect themselves.

He made the comment when he condoled the Emir of Kaura Namoda in Zamfara State, HRH Alhaji Sanusi Muhammad Anka, who lost eight people to an ambush on his convoy by bandits.

He told journalists: “This was the second in line. Last year, the Emir of Pataskum was attacked; here in Zamfara, the Emir of Bukkuyum was also attacked and his orderly killed. I can also remember even Emir of Yauri was some time ago attacked.”

However, before them all, in March 2018, Gen. Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma (retd.), former chief of army staff and minister of defence, had urged Nigerians to defend themselves against killers in the country. He made the call while speaking at the maiden convocation of the Taraba State University, Jalingo, Taraba State.

He said: “I am not a politician and politics is one profession I don’t want to belong to because if I am a politician, I would not say what I am going to say to you now…When I arrived at this arena, I saw a rich cultural display, and I was amazed at the rich cultural heritage of our people. Taraba is a mini-Nigeria with diverse ethnic groups living together peacefully, but the peace in this state is under assault…There is an attempt at ethnic cleansing in the state and, of course, some rural states in Nigeria…We must resist it. We must stop it. Every one of us must rise.”

He was vehemently attacked, though, but mostly based on sentiment. Now those who attacked him are mostly those crying for help.

Incidents of banditry and kidnapping have become an everyday affair. Within the first six months of last year alone, the Kajuru community, just 30 kilometres from Kaduna, was attacked and its emir and 13 members of his family abducted. A first-class traditional ruler in Kogi State, the Adogu of Eganyi in the Ajaokuta Local Government Area of the state, Alhaji Mohammed Adembe was also kidnapped by bandits along Okene-Adogo road.

Government Secondary School, Kagara in Niger State, was also a target, with 50 of the students abducted. Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, in Katsina state, was attacked and 300 students were kidnapped. Female schools were not spared as Girls’ Secondary School, Jengebe in Zamfara State had about 100 of its girls kidnapped. Some have already been “married” by the bandits. Salihu Tanko Islamiya School in Tegina, Niger State was also invaded, and about 136 pupils were whisked away. Greenfield University and the College of Forestry Mechanisation, both in Kaduna and Nuhu Bamalli Polytechnic in Zaria, were violated as well. In all these abductions, some students and staff died. There were, of course, many more cases of kidnapping that never got reported in the media.

According to Nigeria Security Tracker, there have been 5,800 deaths and 2,943 kidnappings between January and June 2021. The reported cases are: North-West -1,405; North Central – 942; North East – 210; South-South – 140; South West- 169; South East – 77; Northern Nigeria – 2,557; Southern Nigeria – 386. There were 2,943 kidnap victims in 181 days, an average of 16 per day. The 12 states with the most number of deaths are – Borno: 1,137; Zamfara: 862; Kaduna: 715; Benue: 449; Niger: 407; Ebonyi: 210; Katsina: 164; Imo: 153; Kebbi: 144; Yobe: 137; Oyo: 114 and Anambra: 109, while the states with most kidnap victims were Niger, 795; Zamfara, 523; Kaduna: 479; Katsina, 289; Borno, 115; Kebbi: 103; Oyo: 63; Delta, 55; Taraba, 55; FCT, 52; and Edo, 37.

Therefore, while government officials proffering solutions outside the constitution may shock some people, many people were not surprised. These officials were not talking in private but to the media, so they were deliberate. It may be a confirmation of what the thinking is in the corridors of power. And what this tells us is that the government is increasingly getting into despair and the security agencies are at their wit’s end.

But that is okay. I mean, if the government will accept that bandits and insurgents are overwhelming the nation’s security forces, then that is being transparent and we can easily arrive at a solution.

One solution is for the government to organise a people’s militia that will flush out all those marauders. It can encourage each local government to muster at least 5,000 of its youth that will be trained to confront the bandits. The Nigerian government should transform the war against the bandits into a people’s war for self-defence by training and arming these youths. We must take the battle to every inch of the space occupied by the bandits. Possibly, all settlements in the bush should be cleared and moved to the main roads.

That strategy proved successful in both Iraq and Syria. But it is not only in Iraq or Somalia alone. Here in Nigeria, some communities have stood eyeball to eyeball with bandits and insurgents and, as a result, found themselves some peace. Biu in Borno State and Azare in Bauchi State readily come to mind.

When Boko Haram members set the people of Biu in their sights, killing them arbitrarily, the elders met and decided to “kill the enemy within”. Known community members who aided the terrorists were arrested in a sting operation and summarily executed. Extrajudicial, of course, but it was a period of war and self-survival was paramount. Putting sentiment aside, parents gave up their sons, friends pointed at friends, and all culprits were dealt with. Boko Haram chiefs had to send a delegation to the town seeking a truce. Since then, Biu found peace as Boko Haram never attacked them again, leaving them in peace while other northeastern towns have known no respite from Boko Haram.

Next week we shall resume with our treatise on rule of law, the culmination of which is on the sort of leadership and leader we should look for in 2023. This is because even this issue discussed in this piece can be solved with good leadership.

Hassan Gimba

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The Rule of Law, Nigeria’s Only Hope for Survival (3), By Hassan Gimba

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Many patriots concerned with our rapid nose-diving in morals and abandonment of the rule of law believe that the British left too early. Some theorise that perhaps if our independence, achieved on a platter of gold, was delayed for 20 more years, we would have still been on the course.

Had we gotten our independence in 1980, about three generations of Nigerians would have gone through tutelage under the prim and proper Britons rather than just one generation. And perhaps respect for the rule of law might have been so engraved in our national psyche, they reason.

Well, our situation has passed the level of lamentation. What we should aim at, after identifying the cause(s) of our problem(s), is proffering the way out.

The most important thing is for our crime-fighting and justice enforcement capability to be strengthened.

At the height of the EndSARS protest, I wrote that the Nigerian Police Force, with the motto ‘The Police is Your Friend’, whose mission is to ‘make Nigeria safer and more secure for economic development and growth; to create a safe environment for everyone living in Nigeria and to build a people-friendly police force that will respect and uphold the fundamental rights of all citizens. But is the Force friendly? Do its operatives care for our rights?

The Nigeria Police have done its best to be accepted by Nigerians as an altruistic institution. It has created an excellent motto and at a time even changed its name by excising force, but apparently it has stuck. Happy to use force, often it never pretends to be a friend, even earning for itself the sobriquet ‘Kill and Go’, especially when the Police Mobile Force (PMF) was in vogue.

Even though many innocent citizens have died in its hands, the Nigeria Police have done wonderfully well in crime-solving that, sometimes, one wonders whether they use magic. Apart from excelling in international missions, they have cracked a lot of seemingly hopeless cases at home.

This is despite the known fact that the police in Nigeria are underpaid, under-trained, under-equipped and under-appreciated. The welfare of the average police officer is appalling as the force’s big guns convert provided funds for personal use, exhorting their juniors to “wait for your time”.

But the rot in the police force is beyond SARS. It is foundational, historical, institutional, traditional as well as cultural that only education (training is part of education) can improve them and save our country from their atrocities. In the first place, the primary reason the colonialists established the police was to protect British economic and political interests and the police achieved that through brutal subjugation of indigenous communities by the use of violence, repression, and excessive use of force.

Nigerian leaders who took over from the colonialists have continued to use the police in a similar vein. So all ministers, legislators, entrepreneurs, their wives, children, girlfriends, businesses, residences, etc, all have adequate police protection while our communities and streets do not have enough.

Though it is a Nigerian phenomenon for anyone in a uniform of whatever shade to be a tyrant, the police officer must be educated to know that the personal safety and wellbeing of every Nigerian is his primary duty, not the opposite as has been the case most times. His loyalty is foremost to the Nigerian constitution, not to any individual. He must be humane, law-abiding, conscientious and people-friendly. But their bosses (of course there are excellent ones) must be fair to the institution and subordinates by jettisoning the mantra, ‘Wait for your time.”

Again, it is not just about salary. A poor mind will still lust for more, no matter how much his take-home pay is. Coupled with education, the police officers’ welfare must also be looked into. What obtains now, right from training school, can only produce frustrated individuals. He should not be allowed to put his life on the line for us while the state treats him with disdain.

Then we must enhance our intelligence-gathering methods. There used to be a time when the Crime Investigation Department of our police was famed for its many successful exploits. Likewise, the Department of State Services is still doing a wonderful job. I know this because the DSS played a major role in decimating Boko Haram members living in towns.

Perhaps what remains is to resuscitate our information gathering abilities because apart from technology, human intelligence (HUMINT) gathering through stool pigeons, etc, cannot be overemphasized.

Our judiciary and its capacity to deliver timely, just and fair judgment on cases involving the weak and the strong must be improved. Timely judgment delivery takes care of case clogs. Cases that have been begging for attention overwhelm the courts because of their plodding nature. Some cases can take years, even decades, before they can be foreclosed.

There also has to be the least interference in the dispensation of justice. Where the executive stops a case through nolle prosequi or outrightly tells the judge to hands off a case, or even deliberately refuses to attend proceedings, must stop.

We have witnessed how criminals who break the laws of the land are given a soft landing. There are cases where governments “pardon” those who have taken up arms against the state. These are insurgents who have slaughtered, maimed, burned public and private property. To pardon them while nothing is done to mitigate the pain of those they harmed, or their families in both the civilian and uniformed populations, sends the wrong signal.

Next, which may be the last part of this treatise, we shall look at the role of leadership in entrenching the rule of law in a country. We shall also attempt to suggest the type of leadership that suits us as a nation with diversity and possibly a leader that may be capable.–
Hassan Gimba

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