You probably have learn me for any size of time, or you might be one way or the other acquainted with me, you wouldn’t be stunned at my obsession with the Yoruba language and tradition, and you’d be acquainted with my love for our proverbs and idioms. It’s certainly one of our proverbial sayings that has had me in deep cogitations for a couple of days now. It captures the reality of the Nigerian situation succinctly.
Ilu ti ko si ofin, ese o si ni’be. There will be no crime the place the regulation doesn’t exist. The interpretation I’ve provided would suffice for many audio system of the Yoruba language, and they’d be fully appropriate in translating thus, however they’d solely have succeeded in deceptive the individuals for whom that they had translated the proverb. The Yoruba tradition has no place for a land the place legal guidelines don’t exist, and the elders weren’t referencing something of the type. They spoke to one thing deeper, and I want to communicate to their true intentions, and the true which means of the proverb.
The Yorubas had developed a civilisation and tradition that had intricate governance programs, and that positioned a primacy on regulation and order. The Yoruba nation was constructed on hierarchy, the tradition was involved with a number of different cultures, and it has benefited tremendously from its eclectic dynamism. The Yoruba tradition assimilated different cultures, developed over time, and every Yoruba particular person, knew what the legal guidelines had been, what the implications for infractions had been, and developed a extremely complicated tradition of dispute decision and judicial interventions. The Yoruba tradition had a really excessive regard for guidelines, legal guidelines, and the sanctions that adopted infractions and or breaches of the foundations and legal guidelines.
The Yoruba proverb speaks to one thing completely completely different from what the common translation would supply. The proverb speaks to the tragedy of impunity: it speaks to the impotence of the regulation, and the resultant madness that endures in any land, the place the regulation, doesn’t rule. The Yoruba tradition has no contextual foundation for imagining a society that’s able to functioning and not using a system of guidelines, however they weren’t unfamiliar with the reign of impunity, and the insanity that’s birthed in that cauldron.
The Nigerian state is the land that the Yoruba proverb speaks of: the land the place the regulation doesn’t rule. The Nigerian state has volumes and tomes of legal guidelines, it has a complicated court docket system, the legal professionals, servants within the temple of justice, are even hailed as “The Regulation”. However the closest factor to the dystopian world described within the proverb we’re inspecting, is the Nigerian state.
The Nigerian state is itself essentially the most prolific of lawbreakers. The federal government in any respect ranges, routinely breaks the regulation, and are equally adept at disobeying the more and more uncommon orders, that the cowed and compromised judiciary would often challenge in opposition to the federal government. The Federal Authorities is the most important lawbreaker in Nigeria, however the fact is that each degree of presidency within the Nigerian state, acts with impunity, and so do the brokers and functionaries of presidency.
The regulation enforcement businesses have even stopped pretending to have an interest within the legal actions and actions of functionaries of presidency. Mudashiru Obasa remains to be on the throne as Speaker of the Lagos Meeting, and neither the EFCC, ICPC, or any regulation enforcement businesses are remotely keen on asking questions of the person. He isn’t alone. The Nigerian state has developed into one which operates on two parallel traces; one rule for the rulers, and one other for the dominated, impunity has been positioned on steroids, and insanity has overtaken the land and grow to be normalized.
The impunity that has overtaken Nigeria is as insidious as it’s pervasive, and we have now grow to be acculturated to evil in a most tragic means. The regulation has not ceased to exist in our land, it has merely been perverted, and the individuals have been rendered perverse by the resultant madness. We now have grow to be a individuals untouched by sanity, and to be sane in Nigeria is to be weak. The unfolding drama within the NBA is extra essential than most legal professionals have realized, and the time has come to concentrate now, earlier than the impunity that has for lengthy hobbled Nigeria, contrive to kill the Nigerian Bar Affiliation.
There’s a plot to maintain Ademola Adesina Ogunlana out of the approaching NBA election. The factional crises main as much as the emergence of the outgoing Chairman of the Ikeja Bar, Dele Oloke, is the fertile soil wherein the conspiracy is rooted, and the inglorious function of Femi Falana within the Ikeja present of disgrace shouldn’t be unknown. What’s right now unclear, is the extent to which the plotters are ready to go, in destroying the NBA, of their quest to maintain Ogunlana off the poll. Let the NBA be properly suggested as to the precise penalties of the evil it’s being requested to endorse. If a physique of legal professionals, would jettison its personal guidelines, and act in a prejudicial method, from the place would it not then summon the ethical integrity, to presume to talk of justice?
Let the opposite aspirants within the race bear in mind, we’re not blind to the way you may consider that you’d revenue by the manifestly unjust disqualification of Sherubawon, and your loud silences are properly famous: however how do you propose to struggle the epidemic of impunity in Nigeria, in case you have allowed your ambitions to render you complicit within the introduction of rabid impunity within the NBA itself?
Ilu ti ko si ofin, ese o si ni’be. The Nigerian Bar Affiliation has adequate guidelines and legal guidelines to information its actions, and it have to be cautious to observe these guidelines scrupulously, if the Bar is to not grow to be because the Nigerian state wherein it exists: an unjust, iniquitous, and extremely dystopian entity.
Who’s afraid of Ogunlana?