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An Appraisal of 1999 Constitution of Nigeria and J.j. Rousseau's "General Will"

By Aba Emmanuel Chikodili

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In line with Jean Jacques Rousseau, sovereignty is reposed on the masses and not a few political elite or the Leviathan. It is, in his opinion, the will of the generality of masses that inhabit a state that should determine how laws are made to checkmate arbitrary behaviours of the "bad ones" in a state. However, the 1999 constitution of Nigeria does not tally with Rousseau's principle as it was made by undemocratic few (the military men) without adequate consultations. It is in line with the above that we say that the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is an aberration of the General Will.
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Abstract

This work appraises the 1999 constitution of Nigeria in line with J.J. Rousseau's principle of “General will.” The General will as Rousseau theorized implies an embodiment of rules that guide the citizens of a state, with such rules reflecting the will of the citizens. The 1999 Nigeria constitution is a military constitution made without required consultations. We argue that the 1999 constitution of Nigeria was imposed on the Nigerians by the military  without necessary consideration  of their will. We therefore conclude that it is an aberration of Rousseau's General will.

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