Nigeria’s democracy cannot survive without rule of law – Ekweremadu

Ike Ekweremadu
Ike Ekweremadu, Deputy Senate President

The Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, has said that no democracy in the world can survive without strict adherence to the rule of law.

This is contained in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media, Uche Anichukwu, and issued to journalists on Saturday in Abuja.

According to the statement, Mr. Ekweremadu made the remark at a dinner organised by the International Law Institute (ILI), Washington DC, for its alumni in Nigeria.

He noted that no country could experience meaningful development without the rule of law.

He said: “Democracy becomes gravely imperilled if the powers of the judiciary to enforce compliance with the rule of law are subjected to legal, extra-legal, and sociological limitations.

“Our task as an emerging democracy is to continue to build a society where government agencies as well as individuals and private entities must be subjected to and accountable under the law.

“We must ensure that the process by which laws are enacted, administered, and enforced is accessible, fair and efficient.

“We must ensure that justice is delivered according to established laws, timeously, competently, ethically and independently.

“I hold the opinion and fervently so that the principle of the rule of law is at the heart of the survival of democracy.

“A democracy without the rule of law is like salt that has lost its saltiness.”

The Senator noted that the World Bank had indicated that economic growth, political modernisation, protection of human rights and other worthy objectives, were hinged on the rule of law.

He expressed concern that developing nations, which were in dire need of development, lacked the rule of law to a large extent. He attributed the situation to lack of strong democratic institutions, lack of independence of the judiciary and political instability.

Mr. Ekweremadu assured that the National Assembly would continue to partner ILI to build the capacity of its members and parliamentary staff.

The statement quoted Kim Phan, the Executive Director of ILI, as expressing happiness with the growth of democracy in Nigeria. She also expressed joy with the opportunity the institute had to be part of the country’s success story.

She said that the institute was committed to the growth of democracy and development of Nigeria.


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  • Kickboxer

    For brainless Buhari tomorrow is January 25,1984…..msssh

    • favourtalk

      Confused PDP lad lie you. Nobody should give you time to talk

  • Julius

    lolz. This is from a man that got to be the Senate Deputy by forging , disregarded the Senate rule. Funny people indeed.

  • True Nigerian

    Dear Ekweremadu,

    You and your ilk should realise that you do not have exclusive knowledge of what Rule of law is. In your warped representation of Rule of law, you often project the image that rule of law matters only when you use it to avoid the consequences of the crimes you commit against the country and its people. Sadly for you, rule of law also means that when you have committed the crime, you should not resort to crude and desperate tactics in the name of defending yourself.

    The other day you were making reckless allegations of bias against a judge, just at the point when he was about to deliver judgement. You did not know that he was bias throughout the period that the trial was going on in his court. But as soon as he was about to give judgement, you raised bias in order to destroy the fruits of a lawful trial so that your case will start all over again from the beginning under a different judge. Well, such behaviour is against the letter and spirit of the rule of law. I guess folks like you don’t advise yourselves that some of us know what Rule of law is.

    For you hypocrites, rule of law is working when you are allowed to use cruel and crude tactics to frustrate lawful process of the law. But when a government uses the same crude tactics to rearrest you on a different charge, you start lecturing us about rule of law.

    If rule of law was in place before you got lucky in the Senate, Jonathan, Saraki, Dasuki, and David Mark would never have been in the position to butter your criminal bread as they have done.

    I am Igbo, but I hate the kind of politics you and your party have perpetrated against this country and its poor masses.

    • Darlington

      APC on a revenge mission? Where is the change if APC will repeat the mistakes of the PDP? Ekweremadu was duly elected by his colleagues in line with the constitution and Senate standing rules. Constitution does not forbade opposition from being DSP. Tambuwal retained his speakership even when he defeated to APC.
      “A democracy without rule of law is like a sat that has lost its saltiness”.–Ekweremadu..

      • ORIGINAL CONSCIENCE

        Revenge over what? Stop being childish.

        • mirabel ogundele

          Nothing like being childish, i thought we re on change level…… loi not turning the rule of law upside down……..

  • Du Covenant

    Especially under PDP the rule of law party that harbours some of the biggest crokks on the face of the earth. Where does this opportunist get the audacity to dish out such rubbish?. We all saw what the last 6 yrs of the rule of law did to us in Nigeria…

  • favourtalk

    See the guy tat entered the senate hierarchy through the back door and forgery talking about rule of law some people can be just confused and think everyone is confused like them. Let him address his own house first before shouting on helping the other house

  • Tonnero

    We agree with you. So answer these questions:
    1. Did you forge the standing rules used for the election of principal officers to the senate or not.
    2. Where in the world have you seen an opposition party member being deputy to the Senate President when the party is not in an alliance with the majority party. Is that consistent with respecting the tenets of democracy?
    3. Did you say this to Jonathan who carried out many violations or are you newly born again and just realised this?Examples are sacking of Justice Salami inspite of advise to the contrary from NJC; placing El-Rufai under “hotel arrest” to “protect” him during the Anambra elections while seizing his phone so he could not talk to the press; using soldiers to stop sitting governors (Amaechi and Oshiomole) from attending elections while arresting all party officials in Ekiti State; taking over a state government infrastructure, the Rivers State stadium, with soldiers so Wike can campaign; dispersing sitting governors of the new PDP from sitting using a mere DPO; trying to use six legislators of the Rivers State house of assembly to impeach the governor; raiding the offices of the opposition APC without charge until date; stopping the circulation of newspapers; spending money willy-nilly without appropriation from NASS; using the police to bar opposition NASS members from accessing the assembly while preparing to impeach the speaker; removing a serving CBN governor without going to the senate as stipulated under the 2007 CBN Act; subverting the electoral process first by using the NSA to tell lies that the country was not safe for elections and then through sharing of state money to stakeholders for support etc.).
    You are just a selfish guy who talks a good talk but fails to stick with the rules when they affect you negatively. They say those who come to equity must do so with clean hands. Your hands are not clean.

    • Darlington

      Is APC on a revenge mission? Where is the change if APC will repeat the mistakes of the PDP? Ekweremadu was duly elected by his colleagues in line with the constitution and Senate standing rules. Constitution does not forbade opposition from being DSP. Tambuwal retained his speakership even when he defeated to APC.
      “A democracy without rule of law is like a sat that has lost its saltiness”.–Ekweremadu

  • Screw-em

    This ugly TOAD is a complete HYPOCRITE and should therefore be IGNORED!!!!

    • Darlington

      Show us your face to enable us judge whether you look handsome than Ekweremadu. Buhari should obey rule of law as he is fighting corruption.
      “A democracy without rule of law is like a sat that has lost its saltiness””.–Ekweremadu

      • Screw-em

        Compared to the Lousy Ugly Toad, i swear, Mr. “rule of Law” will lose his wife to me. So my shadow is enough for now……lol

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      You fine pass am ? Ekweremadu just said the truth.

      • Screw-em

        I for answer you, but l know say you UGLY pass am……lol

        • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

          No Yaawaaa , as long as my bank account fine,i no care…….I be proper Okoro.

          • Tunji Olarewaju

            Yes o,you be proper Okoro, even if you operate a baby factory all you care about is your bank account. Anuofia

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            The last two baby factories unravelled in Nigeria were located at Ogun state . The Yorubas are now pace-setters in baby factory technology .

          • Tunji Olarewaju

            Enheen! I’m sure they are owned and operated by you!

      • The truth will set you free

        Yes he said the truth. Unfortunately him and most of the people that occupy the National Assembly do not care about the rule of law.

  • udemeobong

    Look at who is talking of rule of law, a repented law breaker. LOL!

    • DON

      Which law did he break?

  • ayo

    Look at a pen forger and robber talking about the rule of law….Criminal at night…..police at dawn…..None sense….

    • DON

      Allow the court to decide that.

  • Burbank

    “Nigeria’s democracy cannot survive without rule of law – Ekweremadu”

    And you cannot be elected as a deputy senate president if you had not forged the senate standing orders.

    • DON

      PDP won the majority seats in the Plateau state house of assembly, but APC member is the speaker.

  • Debaptist

    Rule of law indeed!

  • Artful ºDodger

    The rules and laws have always been there Ekweremandu, what has been lacking is someone to implement them so if implementing them amount to the lack of it in your head, you definitely need to head to a psychiatric institution for your head to be examined. Alternatively, you can head for the sun like the rest of your igbo folks to see if it will be able to melt the wax of stupidity from your brains.

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